With less than two weeks to go before the election, Mayor Jerry Sanders has unveiled his first television ad of the campaign season. Using a con-artists’ shell game as a motif, the 30-second spot portrays Francis as a flip-flopper on taxes, immigration and unions.

Here is a transcript of the ad with links to some of our stories that address the specific issues raised:

The Steve Francis shell game.

He promised conservatives he wouldn’t raise taxes, then proposed massive new ones.

Francis said he’d enforce tough immigration laws, then told Latinos just the opposite.

Francis blamed unions for city budget woes, but now cozies up to them for endorsements.

And the newspaper described some of his TV ads as outright falsehoods. 

We’ve had enough political shell games.

It is the mayor’s first foray into television. Francis has been up on air since February and, by the time the primary campaigns draws to a close, will have been up for an unprecedented 15 weeks. For his part, Sanders has struggled to raise money and knew from the jump that he wouldn’t be on television until the waning weeks of the election.

We’ll post the ad as soon as it goes up on YouTube.


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