While it might be another week until the primary, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is ready for businessman Randy Perkins to win the Democratic nomination to replace Congressman Patrick Murphy who is running for the U.S. Senate.
Perkins is currently running a radio ad featuring the support of Congressman Alcee Hastings.
“Randy really knows the struggles of working people and will fight for you in Congress,” Hastings says in the radio spot.
But the NRCC pointed to Hastings’ time as a federal judge when he impeached by the Senate for perjury and accepting a bribe. Despite that, Hastings has been serving in Congress since first being elected back in 1992.
“It’s troubling that Randy Perkins would enlist the help of a disgraced judge in his latest radio ad, but that’s what we’ve come to expect from a natural disaster profiteer like Perkins,” Chris Pack, a spokesman for the NRCC, said towards the end of last week. “Floridians are sick and tired of corrupt public servants, but for some reason, Randy Perkins thinks they will actually inspire people to vote for him.”
Even as the NRCC takes aim at Perkins, he still has to face a Democratic primary. Perkins is currently exchanging fire with primary opponent Jonathan Chane, an attorney and leader of the local Jewish community. Engineer Juan Xuna, who ran for Congress back in 2002, is also running for the Democratic nomination.
There is a crowded field running for the Republican nomination including former state Rep. Carl Domino, Dr. Mark Freeman, attorney and Republican leader Rick Kozell, Afghan War veteran Brian Mast, Martin County School Board Member Rebecca Negron and GOP pundit Noelle Nikpour. This seat is expected to be competitive in November as Democrats look to retain it.