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Florida's 19th Congressional District special election, 2014
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Donalds said, "I think he's the best candidate in the race. What we need in Washington are people who have outside experience, real leadership, and he provides that...I really did look at the field very strongly, and that's why I made the decision to endorse him."
“Sometimes it takes outsiders from outside the political process to step up and lead to change the direction of our country. Curt Clawson is a businessman who has experience in making tough decisions to cut spending and save jobs. There aren’t too may former CEOs of $2.2 billion companies with experience at that level who are willing to offer themselves as a candidate for Congress,” Mack said in a statement
The Tea Party Express endorsed Clawson on March 19, 2014.
"We are endorsing Curt for his many skills which we believe are exactly what the country needs to get back on track. The fact he is not a career politician is one of the reasons we believe he can bring clarity and solutions to troubled times. We appreciate the fact Mr. Clawson can utilize those proven skills, applying them to the “business” of Government," the group said in a statement.
“Washington is desperate for outside leadership, Curt Clawson is an outsider who will bring refreshing ideas to the halls of Congress. I urge the voters of Florida’s 19th Congressional District to send Curt to Washington,” Paul said in a statement.
The Eagle Forum, a conservative group led by Phyllis Schlafly, endorsed Clawson on April 15, 2014.
"Rarely do conservatives in Florida's Congressional District 19 have an opportunity to send a strong leader to Washington. With the United States having a less-than-bright financial future ahead of us, it's more important than ever to choose leaders that have a history of inspiring vision and decisive implementation. After vetting all of the candidates and weighing their past history with their goals and performance as leaders, Curt Clawson is the only candidate with true measurable, leadership experience combined with a well-thought-out, executable plan for our country. Curt's plan has the elements that conservatives have demanded on both the state and federal level for years, but have seen little action from our elected officials. It includes reforming our corporate tax code to make America competitive; restoring budget discipline; giving flexibility to states for Medicaid; reforming our burdensome regulatory processes; and repealing Obamacare," said Pat Andrews, who leads the Florida Eagle Forum.
“Washington is broken and this president has no interest in fixing it. Lizbeth’s fighting spirit and proven ability to get things done are just what we need to get things moving for hard-working Florida families, ” Diaz-Balart said.
“Lizbeth is a proven and trusted leader. Washington desperately needs more people like her and I look forward to standing shoulder-to-shoulder with her to fight for the fiscal responsibility the people of Florida need and deserve,” said Rooney.
"We have been lucky to visit southwest Florida on several occasions and know it is one of the warmest places in the country. The warmth comes not only from the sun, but also from the citizens. We met many dedicated patriots in Naples, Florida, on our recent book tour. They deserve better representation than what they have had recently. Lizbeth Benacquisto is the only proven conservative in the race. She served her constituents well and has never forgotten who put her in office – the people. Lizbeth will take these values to Washington to fight for us all," Palin wrote on Facebook.
“The people of the 19th District have lost faith in their elected officials. And the only candidate that can restore the sacred foundation of trust and integrity is Lizbeth Benacquisto. I am proud to endorse Lizbeth because she is the only conservative in this race that will get the job done,” Wagner said.
“Lizbeth Benacquisto is the only trusted candidate in this race that will protect the values we hold so dear. Whether it’s defending the sanctity of life, repealing ObamaCare, or reducing our massive debt — I know Lizbeth will be fearless in that fight to protect the integrity of this great nation,” Black said in a statement.
Kreegel earned an “A” Rating from the Florida Right to Life in April 2014.
The Liberty and Leadership Fund, formed in February 2014, was the second super PAC to enter the race. The group reported that it spent $60,000 to attack Republican candidate Curt Clawson.
A third group, A Bright Future, emerged in April 2014, after organizational papers were filed on March 27, 2014. The group ran an ad that praised Paige Kreegel and attacked the business record of Curt Clawson.
Outside groups spent a total of $2.1 million prior to the primary election.
Curt Clawson's 2014 Super Bowl ad, "3 point challenge."
Curt Clawson's February 2014 ad, "Curt Clawson Saved My Job."
Curt Clawson's April 2014 ad, "Quiet."
Paige Kreegel's first ad, released in April 2014, "Dr. Paige Kreegel for Congress."
Curt Clawson released an ad that ran for viewers in the Fort Myers area during the Super Bowl on February 2, 2014. Clawson, a former college basketball player, said in the ad that he is challenging President Obama to a “three-point” contest because Obama has “been missing a lot of shots lately, and not just in basketball.” The ad ran once during the pre-game, twice during the game and once during halftime.
Clawson released his second ad on February 28, 2014, in an attempt to fend off an attack by super PAC Liberty and Leadership Fund. He also responded to the ad, "In basketball, the other team starts fouling when they get behind. In business, the competition re-markets their product when they see declines. In politics, the career politicians and their special interest friends launch negative attack ads when they are desperate.”
Clawson third ad, released the week prior to the primary election, featured a silent shot of the ocean’s waves rolling up over the shore. Without a narrator, words over the sea stated the ad was a 30-second respite from negative “attacks” from his opponents, Lizbeth Benacquisto and Paige Kreegel.
Paige Kreegel released his first ad of the campaign on April 1, 2014. The ad was narrated by his wife, who praised her husband's career as a physician, including his work "on a SWAT team, a trauma doctor saving the lives of our servicemen."
Super PAC Liberty and Leadership Fund's February 2014 ad, "Insider Curt Clawson."
Super PAC Liberty and Leadership Fund's April 2014 ad, "He Didn't Call Back."
Super PAC Liberty and Leadership Fund released an ad attacking Curt Clawson on February 27, 2014. The ad began with headlines of Radel’s controversy with cocaine and a female narrator said, “Now Curt Clawson is playing games to hide what he’s done.”
The group released another ad against Curt Clawson in April 2014. The ad claimed that Clawson's company allegedly “ignored safety hazards” that caused an explosion resulting in the death of an employee and suggested he knew of the problem and did nothing about it.
A Bright Future, emerged in April 2014, after organizational papers were filed on March 27, 2014. The group ran an ad that praised Paige Kreegel and attacked the business record of Curt Clawson. In the group's ad a narrator said, “Paige Kreegel has served his patients, his family and his community. Curt Clawson has only served himself."