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Cliff Stearns' Republican primary opponent seizes on allegations



State Sen. Steve Oelrich, a Republican for a newly created seat in Congress, is trying to raise money and garner anti-incument support off allegations that U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns tried to bribe an opponent out of the race. Stearns adamdently denies the charges, which the accuser says were provided to the FBI.

"In this critical point in our nation's history, isn't it about time to put men of integrity back in Congress? To make sure integrity prevails, would you donate $250, $100, $50 or even $35 TODAY!" Oelrich writes. "It seems every day brings a new criminal or ethical allegation against members of Congress and their blatant abuse of power."

He accused Stearns, R-Ocala, "a long history of craving the Washington, D.C. lifestyle. When he was first elected to Florida's 6th Congressional District, he pledged to only remain in Washington 12 years. That was over 23 years ago. Congressman Stearns was elected in 1988 and said he would leave Washington in 2000. For goodness sake, Congressman Stearns will do anything to stay in Washington. If you notice, I mentioned he’s elected to Florida's 6th Congressional District.  I'm running in Florida's 3rd Congressional District."

[Last modified: Monday, March 12, 2012 12:45pm]


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