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Miami politics: Zombies in Spanish – local campaign ad

August 8, 2012

The Miami Herald reports: “Latest salvo in campaigns: Radio ad says zombies want your ballot” By Melissa Sanchez and Enrique Flor with Charles Rabin contributing. The article is about a Spanish language radio ad in Hialeah, Florida that mentions zombies in an effort to put into disrepute the campaigns of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez and state Rep. Eddy González. The ad refers to a recent absentee ballot scandal.

The satirical attack shows how opponents of Giménez and González have taken advantage of the absentee-ballot scandal that erupted two weeks ago in Hialeah. Authorities have accused Deisy Pentón de Cabrera, 56, of forging the signature on an absentee ballot and collecting other people’s ballots. The candidates deny that she worked for their campaigns.

“In this election, Miami is living in times of zombies. Be careful, day or night you might receive an unexpected visitor,” a man’s voice intones in Spanish with musical drums in the background.

In the message, after hearing a knock on the door, an old woman asks who is it, and a sinister woman’s voice responds: “I am the boletera of Carlos Giménez and Eddy González, and I am here to get your ballot.”

Then a man adds: “In this election, beware of the boletera of Carlos Giménez and Eddy González and be careful with your ballot.”

The message was paid for by Citizens for a Reality Check, an electoral communications organization (ECO) being used to attack certain campaigns. Sasha Tirador, a political strategist who also manages the campaigns of Giménez’s and González’s opponents, has been paid by the ECO.

Read the rest of the article on the Miami Herald site and listen to the audio recording of the Spanish language radio ad. The Spanish is funny – here’s the text above in Spanish from the Spanish version of the paper:

El ataque satírico muestra cómo los oponentes de Giménez y González se han aprovechado del escándalo de las boletas ausentes en Hialeah que empezó hace dos semanas. Las autoridades acusan a Deisy Pentón de Cabrera, de 56 años, de falsificar una boleta ausente y recolectar boletas ajenas. Cabrera promovía las candidaturas de ambos en Hialeah aunque éstos han dicho que ella no trabajaba para sus campañas.

“En estas elecciones, Miami vive tiempos de zombies. Tenga cuidado, lo mismo de noche que de día usted puede recibir una visita inesperada”, dice el mensaje con la voz de un hombre y el fondo musical de tambores.

Tras escuchar que alguien toca a una puerta, una anciana pregunta de quién se trata y un mujer con voz tétrica responde: “Soy la boletera de Carlos Giménez y de Eddy González, y vengo a buscar tu boleta”.

Luego, un hombre agrega: “En estas elecciones cuídese de la boletera de Carlos Giménez, de Eddy González y también cuide su boleta”.

El mensaje ha sido financiado por Citizens for a Reality Check, una organización de comunicaciones electorales (ECO) que se está utilizando para atacar a ciertas campañas. Sasha Tirador, una estratega política quien también administra las campañas de oponentes de Giménez y González, ha sido pagada por la ECO.

Recall also “Zombie Tango” in Argentina. And who could ever forget the importance of Miami’s role in the summer of zombies.

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