Skip to comments.Curt Clawson wins Republican nomination in Florida special election
Posted on 04/22/2014 5:39:12 PM PDT by dontreadthis
Businessman Curt Clawson won the Republican nomination for U.S. House in Florida's 19th district Tuesday, a giant step toward becoming a member of Congress in the heavily conservative district. Clawson, who loaned his campaign nearly $2.7 million of his own money through early April, defeated three other candidates in a special primary election: State Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, businessman Michael Dreikorn and former state representative Paige Kreegel.
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Is he really a conservative? That’s all that is important.
Clearly a Republican warring on wymyn. After all, he bet two of them.
even if he is, we take our chances once they get to DC
(cough) Marco Rubio (cough) John McCain (cough) Jerry Ford (cough)
I suspect that Benacquisto might have been better, and more electable in the general election. But Clawson had more money.
Well, let’s hope he works out.
As long as it was above board, I’m sure those ladies had no problem with it. That’s politics.
Benacquisto’S husband had links to the dems:
Paige Kreegel is a man, there was only 1 woman in the GOP race. It’s the south, there are men named Lindsay and Paige and Courtney. If you see a name like that running for office in the south, assume it’s a man.
I think that BOTH Curt Clawson and Lizbeth Benacquisto are probably pretty strongly conservative and seem to have the strength to maintain that integrity in going to DC. So, as far as I’m concerned, we would have won with either of them. My personal preference was Benacquisto but that was basically only because Sarah Palin endorsed her as one of her “Mama Grizzleys”.
I’m chalking this one up as a Tea Party win and a “NO” vote for Boehner or Cantor.
Curt Clawson was endorsed by Rand Paul and the Tea Party express. He’s solid on all of his conservative views.
Lizbeth Benaquisto supports common core, so that rules her out to me. Paige Kreegal doesn’t support repealing obamacare, only amending it. Plus the way the three other candidates held a surprise press conference without inviting clawson, just so they could bash him, reeked of politics at it’s worst.
Anyway, I voted for clawson today.
So do many other Republican candidate’s spouses. What of it? Did you know that first lady Betty Ford was pro-abortion? That Republican operative Mary Matlin’s husband is James “Ragin’ Cajun” Carville? And on and on...
The fact that Benacquisto let an oily cronytard like Clawson get away with calling himself an “outsider” was central to her defeat. That and Mack’s endorsement of Clawson.
President Paul and vp Huckaby will save this nation.
Clawson didn’t even have to buy the election,when most locals heard Lizbeth speak,it was an automatic turn off.Lets just say she talks,she sounds like a “S.D.B.”.
My concern here is that Clawson may be another McAllister.
I hope you’re joking.
The seat is safe so we don’t have to worry about the general election but I was for Benacquisto as well.
Clawson is one of those guys who says “Politicians suck vote for me, I’m not one, well not until now! I’m TEA PARTY, because I say so! My opponent is a RINO, because she dares to oppose me!”. He has nothing to back up his talk.
Benacquisto was endorsed by Palin, Clawson was endorsed by Connie Mack IV, the RINO who used to hold this seat.
He may be fine though, who knows.
Winning the special gives Clawson a huge leg up in the primary for the full term.
OK, thanks. I only knew what I’ve read here—and the Palin endorsement.
In any case, you rarely know whether you can trust a politician until they are in office. Let’s hope he turns out to be a true conservative.
The Huckster is a RINO. No deal!
You beat me by a minute!
No record so he could be anything, lying RINO jerk, solid conservative, or anything in between. That’s why I prefer candidates with records.
That Mack endorsed him worries me. That random “tea party” groups we’re quick to support him also worries me.
Wow... long time no see, C.
Clawson has Rand Paul’s endorsement, which is huge.
So does Mitch McConnell.
And a certified Sabateur on top of that!
i wonder if Palin did her homework before endorsing Lizbeth Buttafucio. she found out too late about Lizbeth’s skeletons.
The only positive thing is that Mack didn’t come back to get it. Damnable open borders termite. His endorsing Clawson is why I’d have voted for Benacquisto.
You just made me throw up in my mouth.
Probably the same groups who whine about Rubio "betrayed" them. Honestly, they deserve these RINOs given the way they continue to blindly support whichever candidate screams "TEA PARTY!!!" the loudest at their announcement speech. You can't fix stupid.
Benaquisto’s support of common core is a deal breaker, I’m sorry.
I trust him,at least he is a business owner,and regarding her ads,god,all they were based on the negatives on Curt and the other three,yet,you never saw a Lizbeth ad filling us in on any of her major accomplishments.aka,she had nothing to offer.
Now I'm really worried!
Don’t forget Carroll!
gives me pause, especially in these times
well,another setback for her was her size.when I saw her ads,she looked about 5”1 or 5”2,and very slim,she had to wear a blazer to make her look bigger.Then again,being a female didn’t help much either,but if she was as attractive as our State Attorney(a hot blonde indeed),her chances would of improved.Overall,she just came off as weak.And Floridians dont want that,we have enough weaklings already in the White House.
So let's see here...
Clawson endorsed by:
Connie Mack III, the smug privileged backstabbing RINO establishment politician who just blew a winnable Senate race.
FL Tea Party groups who also endorsed Marco Rubio the moment he announced his candidacy and told them what they wanted to hear.
Rand Paul, another self-appointed "Tea Party" savior who has now betrayed us on amnesty & Chuck Hagel, called on the GOP to be more "inclusive" on social issues, and sucked up to Mitt Romney and Mitch McConnell during their primary campaigns
All excellent reasons why conservatives should have voted for Lizbeth Benacquisto, IMO.
Many conservatives have or had communist parents or were communists themselves when younger.
Ashley, Leslie, there are a bunch of them.
I think they all started as surnames, then were used as male first names long before they were used for girls. In the south they are still traditionally used for males even though the rest of the country may find it silly or confusing. I bet we’ll be seeing them used as male names less and less as time goes on.
You’re going to hurt their feelings.
Conservatives don’t vote for candidates that support common core, aka nationalization of our education system. Sorry, I don’t think true conservatives can support common core, as Benaquisto does.
Maybe clawson will prove me wrong and turn out to be a RINO, but I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
any R will say that they oppose obamacare.
common core is the new deal breaker
Well, we’re about to find out where Clawson stands. If he turns into Mack IV’s clone, the McAllister analogy I made will be dead on the money.
Curiously, there’s only been one “Ashley” (first name) ever elected to Congress. A male from Western Massachusetts who served from 1893-97 (Ashley Bascom Wright).
true, and you can’t pick your parents.
the converts who are quite definitive and declarative regarding their enlightenment strike me as the most genuine and steadfast
Wow, I never knew the Bible belt had something in common with France. After all, you can find plenty of French men with names used almost exclusively for females here like Marie, Dominique, Alexis, Camille, Jean, Francis, Désiree, and Jocelyn.
On the plus side, perhaps it explains why both southerners and french citizens are vocally against gay marriage. It would suck if a guy named "Alexis Courtney Marie" kept getting mistaken for female and subjected to marriage requests from straight guys. ;-)
Benacquisto was supported by GOPe donors and would have had to support Boehner for Speaker. That’s the standard deal, Jolly had to agree to do so also.
That alone made Clawson the better choice IMHO.Though he is a bit of an unknown.