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Curt Clawson wins Republican nomination in Florida special election
WaPo ^ | April 22 at 8:08 pm | SEAN SULLIVAN

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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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: 19thdistrict; aprilfreeman; clawson; curtclawson; florida; libertarian; lizbethbenacquisto; michaeldreikorn; paigekreegel; raynetherwood; sarahpalin
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supported by Tea Party Patriots. Sarah Palin supported Benacquisto.
1 posted on 04/22/2014 5:39:12 PM PDT by dontreadthis
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To: dontreadthis

Is he really a conservative? That’s all that is important.


2 posted on 04/22/2014 5:43:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Clearly a Republican warring on wymyn. After all, he bet two of them.


3 posted on 04/22/2014 5:45:26 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

even if he is, we take our chances once they get to DC


4 posted on 04/22/2014 5:46:05 PM PDT by dontreadthis
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To: dontreadthis

(cough) Marco Rubio (cough) John McCain (cough) Jerry Ford (cough)


5 posted on 04/22/2014 5:50:12 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: dontreadthis

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.


6 posted on 04/22/2014 5:50:20 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

As long as it was above board, I’m sure those ladies had no problem with it. That’s politics.


8 posted on 04/22/2014 5:56:07 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Cicero

Benacquisto’S husband had links to the dems:

http://www.shark-tank.com/2014/03/10/republican-lizbeth-benacquistos-democrat-past-husbands-obama-and-clinton-ties/


9 posted on 04/22/2014 5:56:17 PM PDT by dontreadthis
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To: MIchaelTArchangel; 2ndDivisionVet

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.


10 posted on 04/22/2014 5:58:22 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


11 posted on 04/22/2014 5:59:24 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: dontreadthis

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.


12 posted on 04/22/2014 6:00:02 PM PDT by sandshark222
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To: dontreadthis

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...


13 posted on 04/22/2014 6:00:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: dontreadthis

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.


14 posted on 04/22/2014 6:00:42 PM PDT by section9
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To: sandshark222

President Paul and vp Huckaby will save this nation.


16 posted on 04/22/2014 6:02:34 PM PDT by SADMILLIE
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To: Cicero

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.”.


17 posted on 04/22/2014 6:03:25 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: Impy; darkangel82; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy

My concern here is that Clawson may be another McAllister.


18 posted on 04/22/2014 6:04:01 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: SADMILLIE

I hope you’re joking.


19 posted on 04/22/2014 6:04:37 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Cicero; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; Viennacon; InterceptPoint; randita; ...

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.


20 posted on 04/22/2014 6:05:00 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Cruz_West_Paul2016

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.


21 posted on 04/22/2014 6:05:33 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: SADMILLIE

The Huckster is a RINO. No deal!


22 posted on 04/22/2014 6:07:11 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Impy; darkangel82; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; Cicero; ...

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.


23 posted on 04/22/2014 6:08:29 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: section9

Wow... long time no see, C.


24 posted on 04/22/2014 6:10:09 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Impy

Clawson has Rand Paul’s endorsement, which is huge.


25 posted on 04/22/2014 6:10:43 PM PDT by sandshark222
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To: sandshark222

So does Mitch McConnell.


26 posted on 04/22/2014 6:11:33 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Blue Highway

And a certified Sabateur on top of that!


27 posted on 04/22/2014 6:11:45 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Cicero

i wonder if Palin did her homework before endorsing Lizbeth Buttafucio. she found out too late about Lizbeth’s skeletons.


28 posted on 04/22/2014 6:12:00 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: Impy

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.


29 posted on 04/22/2014 6:12:58 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: SADMILLIE

You just made me throw up in my mouth.


30 posted on 04/22/2014 6:15:51 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Impy
>> That random “tea party” groups we’re quick to support him also worries me. <<

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.

31 posted on 04/22/2014 6:17:54 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Benaquisto’s support of common core is a deal breaker, I’m sorry.


32 posted on 04/22/2014 6:18:27 PM PDT by sandshark222
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To: Cruz_West_Paul2016

33 posted on 04/22/2014 6:18:35 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Cicero

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.


34 posted on 04/22/2014 6:18:55 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: sandshark222; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy
Clawson has Rand Paul’s endorsement, which is huge.

Now I'm really worried!

35 posted on 04/22/2014 6:20:57 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

LOL!


36 posted on 04/22/2014 6:21:27 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Impy

Don’t forget Carroll!


37 posted on 04/22/2014 6:21:54 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

gives me pause, especially in these times


38 posted on 04/22/2014 6:26:13 PM PDT by dontreadthis
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To: Cicero

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.


39 posted on 04/22/2014 6:27:18 PM PDT by Cruz_West_Paul2016
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To: sandshark222; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; darkangel82; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; Cicero
>> Clawson has Rand Paul’s endorsement, which is huge. <<

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.

40 posted on 04/22/2014 6:29:11 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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To: dontreadthis

Many conservatives have or had communist parents or were communists themselves when younger.


41 posted on 04/22/2014 6:29:27 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: rabidralph; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj

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.


42 posted on 04/22/2014 6:29:55 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: BillyBoy

You’re going to hurt their feelings.


43 posted on 04/22/2014 6:30:12 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: BillyBoy

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.


44 posted on 04/22/2014 6:32:15 PM PDT by sandshark222
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To: sandshark222

any R will say that they oppose obamacare.
common core is the new deal breaker


45 posted on 04/22/2014 6:33:04 PM PDT by dontreadthis
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To: sandshark222

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.


46 posted on 04/22/2014 6:33:33 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Impy

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).


47 posted on 04/22/2014 6:36:06 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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


48 posted on 04/22/2014 6:39:39 PM PDT by dontreadthis
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To: Impy
>> 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. <<

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. ;-)

49 posted on 04/22/2014 6:44:33 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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To: dontreadthis

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.


50 posted on 04/22/2014 6:54:59 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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