A last-minute political flier is causing quite the controversy in the race for Florida's House District 30 seat.
On one side, the new attack ad shows Democratic candidate Karen Castor Dentel, who is also a local elementary school teacher, while the other has a picture of the former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Castor Dentel and her Republican challenger, incumbent Scott Plakon, disagree on a lot of things during this campaign.
However, they both agree the political mailer is disgusting.
In fact, both used the word “despicable” to describe the ad.
The mailer involving Castor Dentel shows a picture of Sandusky in an inmate jumpsuit, which is similar to the attire he wore while being taken to prison after convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse.
Several Orange and Seminole county residents received the mailers Friday.
"I thought it was disgusting,” Castor Dentel said. “And to try and link me with such a despicable character, he should be embarrassed."
Plakon is seeking his third term in office.
At an early voting site in Casselberry Saturday, Plakon set the record straight with News 13.
"I have nothing to do with this,” Plakon said. “I want to, in as strong of terms as I can, call is despicable and it has no part in our public discourse."
Plakon's campaign claims it isn't behind the political attack.
A third party group, the Committee to Protect Florida, actually paid for the poster.
"I was horrified to see it last night. I condemn it in the strongest possible terms," Plakon said.
"This kind of flier should be illegal," Castor Dentel said.
However, it is completely legal for third party groups to distribute any kind of political attacker without consulting with the candidate the ad does not target.
Plakon said whether or not he or Castor Dentel are elected, there needs to be a discussion in the legislature next session to reform current laws regarding third party political ads.
News 13 has called the Committee to Protect Florida for their statement, but have still not heard back.
Both candidates said they’re not concerned the flier will affect their campaigns.
They said they will put this behind them and focus on the issues most important to their voters.