Politics

Farid Khavari, Iranian-Born Outsider Candidate, Calls Sink and Scott 'Economic Terrorists'

Farid Khavari would like to have a word with you over your radio airwaves. The outsider candidate for governor has bought some ad time to let you know that, while his name may lead the prejudiced and idiotic to believe he's an Osama-lovin' al Qaeda operative, he's really just a nice economics Phd from Miami.

But those other two candidates, Rick Scott and Alex Sink? They are actually terrorists. Economic terrorists.

The ad, which we've embedded below, starts with a Jed Clampett stand-in who's clearly from the Panhandle. The good ol' boy asks his friend if she's voting for Scott or Sink, and the intelligent young lady replies, "Neither! I'm voting for Farid Khavari."

"Faaah-reeed Khavari?!" the guy sputters. "Sounds like a terrorist!"

So far so good. Maybe a little heavy handed, but we give a guy with Khavari's background credit for tackling that all-too-real perception head on.

Khavari's family is Iranian, but he's lived in the U.S. for 30-plus years since his father was "murdered by the Iranian government," according to the ad. Khavari's Wikipedia page says he's German educated and lists nine economic books he's published in the U.S., Germany and Iran.

Then the ad gets a bit down and dirty. Why should I vote for this Faah-reed character, the man wants to know?

"Rick Scott's company stole over a billion dollars from taxpayers, and Alex Sink ran our state pension system into the ground," the lady says. "Talk about a couple of economic terrorists!"

Ouch! As harsh as the Scott-Sink race has gotten, at least neither has started dropping Hezbollah links at each other.

For now, Khavari is only airing the ads in Jacksonville on a pair of talk radio stations -- finance reports show he's raised only $31,000, including several thousand in loans to himself, so don't expect a wider buy anytime soon.

Here's the ad:

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Tim Elfrink is a former investigative reporter and managing editor for Miami New Times. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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