Farid Khavari, independent candidate for governor of Florida, began airing his campaign’s first radio ads today:
The campaign issued a press release to accompany the ad, as follows:
KHAVARI CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES RADIO WAR ON (ECONOMIC) TERROR
“Rick Scott’s company stole over a billion dollars from taxpayers,” a female voice says from the speaker of a radio somewhere in Florida, “and Alex Sink ran our state pension system into the ground. Talk about a couple of economic terrorists!”
That’s the takeaway message of the new radio ad from independent gubernatorial candidate Farid Khavari. The lead-in is an assurance that he’s not a terrorist himself. The ad begins running on a pair of Jacksonville’s most popular talk stations, including WBOB 600 AM, which began airing it today. The campaign is planning media buys in other markets between now and Election Day.
Khavari, the author of nine books, is the only independent or minor party candidate for governor running radio ads in the seven-candidate field.
“When people hear a name that sounds Middle Eastern, be it Arab or Persian, it’s natural for them to entertain certain thoughts,” says Khavari, 67, of Miami. “Is he an Islamist? Is he a Ba’athist? How could he really be an American? So I decided to go there, and once you’re there you might as well use one point to make another.”
Khavari, as the ad points out, has lived in America for more than 30 years. His father, a leader in the persecuted Baha’i faith, was murdered by the Khomeini regime in 1980 for refusing to renounce his religion. The Islamic regime then confiscated his family’s home and properties in Iran.
Khavari earned his Doctorate in Economics from Germany’s University of Bremen and is running for governor on the basis of his qualifications and his plan to produce an economic turnaround in Florida. “Scott and Sink built their careers on finding ways to milk the taxpayer dry,” he says. “I built my career on finding ways to create sustainable policies that raise everyone’s standard of living.”
Those policies, outlined in his book “Towards A Zero-Cost Economy” (available as a free download from his campaign web site) center around the Citizens United Financial Institution, the state bank Khavari wants to create. “The worldwide banking collapse should be a wake-up call for Florida,” he says. “We can no longer afford to entrust home ownership, education and business formation to an industry premised on parasitism, fly-by-night profit-taking and a bailout-seeking ethos. The people need to own the financial institutions they depend on.”