Congressional hopeful Curt Clawson is under intense fire, from both the news media and his fellow GOP candidates in the Florida 19th Congressional District, over financial disclosures on a house he owned in Utah rented to a convicted pedophile.
Republican Lizbeth Benacquisto, Dr. Michael Dreikorn, and Dr. Paige Kreegel issued a joint statement today demanding Clawson come clean regarding his relationship with “violent child rapist” Glen Borst and “falsification” of his financial disclosure.
“Now more than ever, we stand together to put politics aside to address some very serious questions that have been raised in this race,” the statement says. “As candidates for the United States Congress – but more importantly as parents and members of this community – there is no greater priority than protecting our children from the violent predators who target them.”
At issue is a home owned by Clawson in Saratoga Springs, Utah and rented to Borst, a childhood acquaintance who was convicted of repeatedly sodomizing a minor girl under the age of 13.
Warren Wright of Fort Myers Fox 4 reported on both the Republican candidate’s relationship with Borst and discrepancies in financial reports submitted prior to Clawson launching his bid for Congress.
Borst, who was last reported living in the house at 2237 Chestnut Circle, was supposed to report his whereabouts every six months.
He failed to register March 31, and authorities have not located Borst since.
Although Clawson’s campaign claims the house was just rental property, and the relationship with Borst was only that of a landlord and a renter, Wright uncovered documents submitted by the candidate giving Borst power of attorney over a business transaction.
Clawson also used the address to register a corporation named “Rewired CEO.”
In addition, neither the house nor the rental income appeared on Clawson’s US House of Representatives Financial Disclosure form as required by the Federal Election Commission.
Clawson admitted to purchasing the Utah home in 2006, and selling it two days before filing his campaign on February 27, 2014.
According to FEC rules, candidates must disclose ownership interest in a privately held company, noting both the name and type of business. Nowhere on Clawson’s filing has the “Rewired” business, although it is an active entity. The document also lists several rental properties, but not the one in Utah.
Borst’s Facebook page, which showed him “liking” Clawson and his campaign, was shuttered as of Monday. Police in Saratoga Springs are actively searching for the convicted child predator.
Clawson faces Senate Majority Leader Benacquisto, former State Rep. Kreegel and aviation authority Dreikorn in the April 22 Republican primary. The winner will face Libertarian party candidate Ray Netherwood in the special election on June 24.
Community leaders and law enforcement officials will join Benacquisto, Dreikorn and Kreegel to address concerned citizens and the media on Wednesday, April 9 at 4 p.m. in Fort Myers.