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Rich Nugent accuses Dan Webster of foul play in Congressional race

A Dan Webster campaign mailer shows him with Rep. Rich Nugent

Rich Nugent

A Dan Webster campaign mailer shows him with Rep. Rich Nugent

Rep. Rich Nugent of Hernando County today accused fellow Rep. Dan Webster of implying support as Webster seeks to take his seat.

"It's been brought to my attention that Dan Webster used my likeness in a campaign mailer to imply my support for his candidacy here and I don't appreciate it," Nugent said in a campaign email. "I want to say again for the record that I am supporting Justin Grabelle for Congress 100%. Justin has invested years in this community, he's raised his family here, he knows the people and has earned this community's support the old fashioned way. Dan Webster is only moving here to run out of a belief that it's easier than running in his own area of Orlando."

The mailer talks about Nugent's supporting Webster for House speaker as conservatives tried to oust John Boehner.

Redistricting has forced Webster to vacate his Orlando seat and seek friendly GOP territory in District 11.

UPDATE: Webster's campaign responds:

"In January 2015, Rep. Webster ran against John Boehner for Speaker of the House, championing the same member-driven, principle-based approach that he implemented in Tallahassee as Speaker of the Florida House. Twelve Republican members, including Rep. Rich Nugent, voted for Dan Webster for Speaker of the House. Both Webster and Nugent were removed from the Rules Committee by Speaker Boehner as punishment, and this picture was used by news outlets when reporting on the story. The mailer does not imply endorsement, it only repeats the fact that Rich Nugent voted for Dan Webster for Speaker of the House."

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 1:58pm]


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