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County clerk accuses Rep. Cliff Stearns of trying to buy him out of race

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March

Florida Times-Union: Clay Clerk of Courts James Jett told a group of Republicans today the FBI is looking into Rep. Cliff Stearns for what Jett said is a plot to buy him out of this fall's congressional primary.

Jett, who bowed out of the county clerk race after the state Legislature redrew congressional election lines, is running against Stearns for the newly-drawn Florida District 3, which includes much of Clay County. Stearns currently represents Clay County in District 6 from his home in Ocala, but that city has been drawn out of the area in once-a-decade redistricting. He has said he will move to Orange Park to run for re-election.

Stearns used former state Education Commissioner Jim Horne as the middle man to offer everything from money to appointed political positions, Jett said during a South Clay Republicans meeting at the Magnolia Point Golf & Country Club. 

Horne was among the names given by Jett to the FBI. Also on the list: Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who formerly represented Clay County in the state House.

Stearns office said it's false. Read full story here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 5:34pm]

    

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