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Money ball: Curt Clawson, running in GOP primary to replace Radel, gave $ to Democrat

FEC report showing Curt Clawson's only political contribution


FEC report showing Curt Clawson's only political contribution



Welcome to Florida politics, Curt Clawson.

Republican oppo researchers are already digging into your past and notice that your only political contribution is to a Democrat -- Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. In May 2009, the year the Affordable Care Act was approved.

Clawson, a businessman formerly of Michigan, is running in the Republican primary in Florida's 19th Congressional District and has cast himself as an outsider. The Buzz asked his campaign about the donation and it provided a statement from Former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, who ran against Stabenow that cycle.

“Curt Clawson is a solid conservative and it is totally understandable that an outsider businessman may have donated to an incumbent senator in a state where he created and saved jobs," Hoekstra said. "Southwest Florida conservatives who want an outsider would be lucky to have Curt Clawson in Congress."

Clawson is running in a growing GOP field that includes former state Rep. Paige Kreegel and state Sen. Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto. The April 22 primary will likely decide the outcome in the heavily Republican district.

He's making an aggressive play, launching a TV ad during the Super Bowl that generated a lot of eaerned media, including a spot on Fox News. He's expanding that ad online and radio, plus more TV during the Olympics. Clawson's ad plays off his days as a basketball standout at Purdue.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 3:14pm]


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