Republican congressional candidate Mark Lombardo has released a new ad for his campaign to oust U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz in Florida’s 1st Congressional District.
Lombardo, a former U.S. Marine who served in Vietnam, entered the race on June 15 and pledged to put $1 million into his campaign. In addition to his military background, Lombardo is a former executive at FedEx who “helped get the company off the ground in the early days.”
This week, the Pensacola Republican launched his first TV ad. Titled “A Marine Who Will Put You First,” the 30-second spot takes aim at Gaetz while highlighting Lombardo’s West Florida roots.
“When I was living in a trailer in Pensacola, flying combat missions in Vietnam or helping grow FedEx into an American icon, I never thought I’d run for Congress, but when I learned that Matt Gaetz hired pedophile Jeffrey Epstein‘s attorney to defend himself against sex trafficking, I knew he could no longer get the job done,” Lombardo says in the ad. “Send me to Washington, I’ll be a conservative fighter, a Marine who puts you and America first.”
According to AdImpact, the campaign placed an initial ad buy of $51,000 to air the ad June 21-27.