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Congressional Leadership Fund focuses on Brian Mast’s service in new ad

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Brian Mast’s service record is front and center in a new ad from the Congressional Leadership Fund. The super PAC released its third ad Friday in Florida’s 18th Congressional District. The 60-second spot features Cody Bonk, a former Army medic of the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. In the ad, Bonk describes what happens the day Mast lost his legs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan. The ad also features footage from a TC Palm editorial board meeting, where Democrat Randy…

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Democrats throughout Florida call on GOP opponents to denounce #TrumpTapes vulgar comments

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A newly released videotape showing Donald Trump making crude comments about a married woman he tried to seduce is sending shock waves throughout Florida politics. “I’ve said some foolish things,” the Republican presidential nominee said overnight Friday in a taped apology posted on Facebook. “But there’s a big difference between the words and actions of other people. Bill Clinton has actually abused women.” But Florida Democratic candidates statewide are not letting Trump off the hook so easily. Nearly all of them are…

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Congressional Leadership Fund says Randy Perkins ‘is not fit for Congress’ in new video

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The Congressional Leadership Fund is making a big investment in Florida’s 18th Congressional District. The GOP House leadership-backed super PAC plans to spend $2.1 million on TV and digital ads in support of Republican Brian Mast. The organization is kicking off its campaign with a 60-second video attacking Democrat Randy Perkins, saying the Treasure Coast Democrat “is not fit for Congress.” The ad — called “Meet Thin-Skinned Randy Perkins” — features video from a recent candidate forum with the Treasure Coast…

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Florida congressional races start fall with lopsided campaign cash

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In 20 of Florida’s 26 contested congressional races this fall, one major party nominee escaped from last Tuesday’s primaries with more than five times as much cash-on-hand as the other major party’s candidate. And in many cases, the cash gap heading into the fall is so overwhelming that one party’s congressional nominee’s bank account would barely be a rounding error for the other party’s nominee. In 15 of the districts, one nominee has at least 30 times as much money as…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.13.16 – Friday 13th edition

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Well, so much for that much anticipated San Antonio-Golden State NBA Western Final. Congrats to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who took down the Spurs in six. Gotta love the unexpected.  Today the Republican Party of Florida hosts their first of a two-day spring meeting in Tampa. I just realized that the Republicans always hold these type of events in Tampa, while the Democrats generally prefer Orlando. ….A transgender student who was suspended for using the restroom at school is challenging a…

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Not what Jonathan Chane had in mind

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It’s standard fare for candidates. Appear on a local radio show. Have friendlies call in. Answer the softballs and get your message out but expect a few nasty blows to the body. That’s the way its supposed to be. But not for poor Jonathan Chane, one of two Democrats running in the open congressional seat being vacated by Patrick Murphy. Apparently Chane’s people (Does he even HAVE people?) didn’t know that you don’t leave your candidate alone in the ring. You put forth…

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In CD 18, Jonathan Chane lays an egg

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So maybe an “egg” is a bit of an overstatement. But when you are running against a guy (Randy Perkins) who has the support of Democratic leaders from across the country, is willing (and more than able) to write his own checks, AND is raising money at a fairly brisk pace; raising mid-five figures might as well be a goose-egg for upstart Jonathan Chane (who is challenging Perkins in the Democratic primary in Murphy’s open seat.) Chane posted a paltry $68,000 for the first quarter while…

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