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Attack Fliers With Shirtless Photos Heat Up District 65 House Race

Carl Zimmermann's fliers include shots of Peter Nehr with no shirt on and accusations of his desecrating the American flag. It's part of a contentious race for the District 65 seat, which covers Palm Harbor.

New attack fliers featuring photos of one of the candidates without a shirt on have heated up an already contentious race for the State House of Representatives District 65 seat.

The fliers from Democratic challenger Carl Zimmermann feature two shirtless shots of Republican incumbent Peter Nehr of Palm Harbor and an outline of his supposed negatives, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The pictures of Nehr, 60, were intended to show off his weight loss and commitment to a healthy lifestyle to friends and acquaintances, he says. One appeared with a 2004 story in the Times, and was shared with Patch after it was leaked to the media.

The Times reports Zimmermann's fliers also include:

  • Accusations of Nehr desecrating the American flag, which stem from what Nehr said was a college assignment on laws regarding flag desecration
  • Mentions of Nehr's two bankruptcy filings, in 1991 and 2009
  • And a claim that he was evicted by Riverwalk of Tarpon Springs, which Nehr and a former landlord dispute

Nehr told the Times the flier is Zimmermann's way of changing the subject from the issues and Nehr's legislative record, and that they are "poorly written" and contain grammatical and spelling errors.

The two candidates have sparred before, with Nehr beating Zimmermann in two close races in 2006 and 2008 for the former District 48 seat in northern Pinellas County. The newly drawn District 65 covers Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs and Dunedin.

Read more about the fliers in the Times' story.

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Carl Zimmermann October 01, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Everything I wrote about Nehr is factual. Google it. Nehr is desperately trying to spin it. The facts are an eviction notice was served. He went bankrupt twice. He put an American flag on the floor for people to walk on in 1999 or 2000 - not when he was a kid. He took that picture of himself in his underpants recently yet can't recall whether he used it for internet dating. Does that type of behavior represent you? It made me sick to put that out there but it makes me sicker to let him get away with it.
Allie's Grandpa October 02, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Something can be "factual" and yet be taken out of context, thereby converted to a deliberate distortion. As for the photos, I first saw them on Patch, and wondered what a slow day it must have been in their news room. But really, Mr Zimmerman, if you find it offensive to see a man with his bare chest in a photo sent to his friends (since he has been successful in losing a lot of weight), and wearing his briefs (but would boxers have been OK for you?), then I wonder what's inside your head. I also wonder what's next? Are you going to come over to Honeymoon Island beach and measure my bathing suit to make sure it meets your personal standards? And as for the American Flag incident, good grief, man, it was part of a college class at USF and Mr Nehr had an assignment to address issues of flag desecration. It was part of the college class, for the love of mike! As an academic, don't you understand the Socratic Process? Distortion, for political purposes, is not at all attractive. By the way, I vote for Democrats, and Republicans, and independents, so my reaction is not that of a partisan.
Swiffer Wet Jet October 03, 2012 at 03:18 AM
If wearing undergarments while posing for pictures highlighting weight loss is becoming the new fad, I shudder to think of the day Oprah runs for office. Just sayin'............
Dad of Three October 03, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Oh give me a break. Who gives a rat's patootie about this insignificant crap? How about someone addressing the Citizens Insurance scandal and Tallahassee allowing them to sharply boost their rates, even while they already have a big surplus that "allows" them to subsidize private insurance companies so that they will take over policies from Citizens customers, like you and me? Talk about Citizens Insurance, folks. It's real money, and it relates to your property being insured by a possibly weak insurance company.
vera charles October 04, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Now that's a good question - finally - to ask the two candidates. Where DOES each of them stand on the scam being perpetrated by the Citizens Board, and enabled by the gutless insurance regulators of this State. That surplus was funded by the policyholders of Citizens, but it is being used to grease the palms of the private insurance companies, of very uncertain financial strength, to take over some of Citizens policies. Tallahassee is a joke, but a sad joke.

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