Curt Clawson Backers Urge Sarah Palin to Reconsider Support for Lizbeth Benacquisto

Former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska will be in Southwest Florida on Thursday for a fundraising event with Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, who is running in the Republican primary to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., in Congress.

“Excited to announce that Sarah Palin is coming to Southwest Florida this week to join me on the campaign trail,” Benacquisto announced on Monday.

But tea party leaders in the district backing Curt Clawson in the primary are urging Palin to reconsider her endorsement. Jack Tymann of the Naples Tea Party, Kathy Jones of the Lee County Patriots, former congressional candidate Byron Donalds and other tea party activists wrote a letter to Palin on Wednesday. In the letter, the Clawson supporters insisted Benacquisto “demonized capitalism and an American success story” by attacking their candidate. They also accused Benacquisto of using “Obama-style campaign tactics.”

Even as Clawson backers tried to get Palin to reconsider her endorsement, Benacquisto released a letter on Wednesday which only served to strengthen her conservative credentials. Marion Hammer of the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) and the United Sportsmen of Florida gave Benacquisto an “A+” rating on Second Amendment issues.

The candidates will meet in the April 22 primary.
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Stacey Taylor
3:11PM APR 3RD 2014
I agree that Palin should have listened to all Candidates first. Paige Kreegel probably would have changed Palin's mind about Lizbeth.
9:24AM APR 3RD 2014
Please send copy of the Open Letter to Sarah Palin. I heard a portion on Daybreak/Drew Steele this AM and would like the entire letter to share with fellow Conservatives.

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