The difficult position in which many Republican candidates find themselves with Donald Trump atop the GOP ticket is exemplified by today’s release from congressional hopeful Brian Mast‘s campaign.
Mast, a candidate for the nationally watched Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18 House seat, slammed Trump’s recently revealed lewd comments about kissing and groping women. But Mast hasn’t rescinded his endorsement of the Republican nominee.
Meanwhile, Mast’s campaign is hoping to use voter concerns about Trump’s temperament against Democratic rival Randy Perkins, a wealthy businessman who is largely self-financing his campaign and has made heated attacks on Mast.
“Is Randy Perkins a Democratic Donald Trump?” says an email from the Mast campaign highlighting a recent Roll Call article that notes Republican temperament attacks on Perkins. The Roll Call article highlights a recent web ad by a Republican super PAC that labels Perkins a “short-tempered businessman” and highlights his comment at a TCPalm editorial board meeting that Mast, who lost both his legs fighting in Afhganistan, isn’t “man enough to stand behind your own ads.”
Mast “is obviously disgusted and horrified by the comments that were made by Mr. Trump. He finds them offensive as a husband and a father,” said Mast campaign spokeswoman Madison Anderson. “But he is still voting for him. He is far superior to Clinton.”