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Lopez-Cantera-allied Super PAC joins in the Beruff-bashing



Last week, after Bradenton millionaire homebuilder Carlos Beruff entered the race to replace Marco Rubio in the Senate, his Republican rivals started trying to painting him as an insider and linking him to former Gov. Charlie Crist.

Now, Reform Washington, a super PAC supporting Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera in the Republican Senate primary, is joining in.

In a statement Monday, timed to the formal launch of Beruff's campaign in Miami, Reform Washington spokeswoman Ryan Wiggins said Beruff isn't "a conservative hero."

"It's a good thing Carlos Beruff's a millionaire," the statement says. "He's going to need every penny of it to pay his gold-plated media consultants to run phony ads to cover up his troubled record."

Lopez-Cantera's formal campaign released a statement, as well, from campaign manager Brian Swenson: "With (Beruff's) entrance, Florida voters are getting another unknown candidate who can say the right things on the stump but doesn't represent their values. What voters do know is that Beruff is on the wrong side of the issues that matter to them: he supports open trade with Cuba and supported Charlie Crist as a Democrat."

Last week, Congressman Ron DeSantis issued a similar charge, and businessman Todd Wilcox launched a campaign promise to end Washington insiders in politics. Still nothing lashing out from Congressman David Jolly.

"It's clear that the professional politicians are terrified of a true, conservative outsider like Carlos Beruff," Beruff spokesman Chris Hartline said in a statement. "Unfortunately for them, voters in Florida are sick of the empty rhetoric from the political class. Carlos Beruff is by far the most conservative candidate in this race with a record of real accomplishment and that has the establishment candidates shaking in their boots."

[Last modified: Monday, February 29, 2016 8:04pm]


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