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Curt Clawson's Ties to Child Molester Embattle Republicans in CD 19

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 10, 2014 3:55 AM
Lizbeth Benacquisto, Paige Kreegel, Curt Clawson

Lizbeth Benacquisto, Paige Kreegel, Curt Clawson

With less than two weeks to go until the primary, the race to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., is now turning to one Republican hopeful’s ties to a convicted child molester. 

Congressional candidate and businessman Curt Clawson is facing the rare sight of his three Republican primary opponents -- Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, former state Rep. Paige Kreegel and Michael Dreikorn -- demanding to know about his ties with Glen Borst, a convicted child molester who lived in a home owned by Clawson in Utah. Reports have emerged about Clawson’s financial disclosures regarding the house Borst lived in. There are also reports that Clawson and Borst were childhood friends.

"Now more than ever, we stand together to put politics aside to address some very serious questions that have been raised in this race,” the candidates said in a joint statement released Tuesday. “As candidates for the United States Congress – but more importantly as parents and members of this community -- there is no greater priority than protecting our children from the violent predators who target them. Recent news reports have brought into question Curt Clawson's relationship with a violent child rapist in Utah. He has dismissed these news reports as politically driven, and that just couldn't be further from the truth."

Benacquisto, Dreikorn and Kreegel also appeared at a media event in Fort Myers on Wednesday on the matter. Clawson crashed the event, which was held before a debate, insisting he knew nothing about Borst's activities and hitting his opponents for pushing politics as usual. 

The Clawson team responded on Tuesday night with an audio recording from a woman who said she was the mother of the child Borst abused. This woman said she was upset and disgusted at Clawson's opponents for using her daughter's tragedy as a political issue.

On Wednesday, the Clawson team released a video featuring “Annie,” who said she is the mother of the victim. In the commercial released by the Clawson campaign, the woman bashed his rivals as “insider politicians.” During the campaign, the Clawson team has attempted to portray their candidate as the “outsider” in the race.

“Our family had healed from a terrible tragedy when insider politicians decided to reopen old wounds,” the woman says in the video. “They forced our family into the political fray. Curt Clawson had nothing to do with our private family ordeal. To those politicians who would selfishly parade my family around, stop.”

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In the meantime, the Republican hopefuls look to get their conservative credentials in order. Having unveiled the endorsements of both former Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, and former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., in recent days, Benacquisto added the support of two of the most conservative women in Congress this week.

“The people of the 19th District have lost faith in their elected officials,” said U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo. “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 added. “If you believe Obamacare should be repealed and replaced and that government ought to work for the American people and not against them, then join me in supporting Lizbeth Benacquisto as your next representative.”  

Benacquisto also won the backing of U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., this week.

"Lizbeth Benacquisto is the only trusted candidate in this race that will protect the values we hold so dear,” said Black. “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. Join me in supporting the only candidate with the right values to get the job done."  

Clawson, in the meantime, signed a pledge from the Independent Women’s Voice (IWV) to support the repeal of President Barack Obama’s health-care law.

“The presence or absence of ovaries does not, in and of itself, prove a candidate’s bona fides as someone who understands or cares about the real-world effects of policy on women in our society today,” said Heather Higgins, the chairwoman and CEO of IWV. “Curt Clawson’s signature on IWV’s Repeal Pledge shows he understands what the other candidates for the GOP nomination apparently do not – that one of the chief manifestations of the real ‘War on Women’ is government-controlled health care in the form of Obamacare.

“We reached out to each of the candidates, and asked them to show the depth of their opposition to, and seriousness about, their determination to repeal Obamacare by signing our repeal pledge, which candidates have used since 2010 to prove their commitment on this crucial issue,” Higgins added. “None of the other candidates to date has chosen to sign the repeal pledge.”

Higgins also insisted the other candidates asking about Clawson’s ties to Borst were a “trumped-up issue.”

In the meantime, Kreegel’s camp pointed to its candidate’s background as a doctor making him well-prepared to take on Obama’s health-care law, including supporting its repeal.

“Dr. Kreegel’s background as a medical doctor and experience as a conservative state legislator best prepare him to fight Obamacare,” the Kreegel team insisted on Tuesday.

The candidates battle it out in the primary on April 22. Whoever emerges in the primary will be a heavy favorite over Democrat April Freeman and Libertarian Ray Netherwood in the June 24 election.



Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

Comments (5)

fixing elections
6:31AM APR 12TH 2014
TOUCHSCREENS VS. OPTICAL SCAN

Nearly 35 Million voters , or around 30%, in the November, 2004 Election, voted on Touch Screens, also referred to as DRE’s and 68 million used Optical Scanners.(Paper ballots, including absentee ballots scanned and tabulated by electronic machine.) The main difference in these two technologies being... Optically scanned ballots can be re-scanned or recounted if necessary. Digital (Touch Screen) votes just disappear, making a recount all but impossible. Digital votes are cast and counted in the electronic software of the system. The 1970’s saw the debut of the touch screen voting machine; however the first states to use widespread Touch Screen voting were Florida, Maryland and Georgia.

All Maryland Touch Screens have been on a “lockdown” since the November. 2004 election due to statewide failures, including 12% of the machines in Montgomery County, some of which seem to have lost votes in significant numbers.

DRE (Direct Recording Electronic) voting machines came onto the scene in the 1990’s, but at a $3000 price tag, they lacked affordability. Then along came HAVA. And $3.86 billion Federal matching dollars.

In Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, and New Mexico, complaints came in from voters who were selecting Kerry on the Touch Screens and saw their votes change to Bush on the Summary Screen.

Florida had some interesting Optical Scan results as well: Calhoun County has 82% of the voters registered Democrats yet 63% of the County voted for Bush; Lafayette County - where 83% of the voters are registered Democrats and 74% of the County voted for Bush; Liberty County, again - 88% Democrats. 64% voted Bush; and Washington County, voters are 67% Democrat, yet voted 71% for Bush. All four Counties’ votes were Optically Scanned by Diebold. There were 25 other Optically Scanned Counties that also swung towards the President despite Democratic majorities

In 11 Florida Optically Scanned counties, Bush won between 50% to 100% more votes than had been anticipated. Kathy Dopp conducted a county by county examination of voting patterns in Florida that was double checked by Zogby analysts who concluded that Bush received 16% more votes than he should have in the Optical Scan counties. No wonder it’s Ohio’s new favorite choice for voting equipment statewide.

In New Mexico, President Bush carried every precinct where votes were counted with electronic Optical Scanners. Just this past January (2005) Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell (and former Bush/Cheney Campaign Co-Chair) declared that the entire Buckeye state will be voting Optical Scan only. And Diebold only, keeping it all in the home state.[IN 2007 DIEBOLD CHANGED THEIR VOTE FIXER SCHEMES COMPANY NAME]

“Maryland voters will never know for sure whether their election choices last year were recorded correctly--- and the same uncertainty could haunt them next year if lawmakers again fail to address a serious defect in the touch-screen machines used throughout the state.”-- Washington Post , March 22, 2005
Its not really just a party thing
8:09AM APR 10TH 2014
And FRANK why don't you aggressive conservatives like the Bushes admit that you don't yet control 51% of the Republican Party, but like your kind did the Democratic Party after JFK's demise you are working hard to destroy and establish your Marxist-Communist-Muslim movement on the majority of the Republican Party by destroying what few honest, moral, ethical members we have left!

Anytime you catch a politician with their pants down it’s called “politics!”
Although when it comes to pedophilia both the straight and same sex varieties the so called right wing Republicans have long been the worst offenders. Much like the Catholic Church pedophilia within the Republican Party has been a well kept secret for decades. However for those interested parties the well documented history of same is available at simple Google searches. It seems these searches always seem to come full circle back to the same people over and over.
Interested parties should research “THE FRANKLIN SCANDAL.” It originated in Omaha, NB and was the source of nationwide pedophile rings which operated coast to coast in the USA and some foreign countries as well. Several excellent publications are available on this subject - Also research “The Immaculate Deception” by an insider telling the truth!
Recently a very good expose’ of Mel Sembler the founder of “STRAIGHT, INC” and its predecessor “SEED” was done on this site. Yes! Sembler was responsible for Charlie Crist’s political rise.
Sembler and his connections to Bush (41) enabled him to obtain not only Ambassadorships from Bush (41) but establish a nationwide network of so called “drug treatment” facilities which was nothing more that houses of horrors of mind control and sex abuse of the children in his custody. Some honest, moral Florida DCF Officials tried to bring the horrors of Mel Sembler’s organizations to light and he used his political power to have Florida legislator’s pass laws exempting so called “religious schools” from state licensing and inspections. From this move many of Sembler’s previous operators spun off other like houses, ranches and farms of horrors under various names.
One such “ranch” was called the Green Isle Boys Ranch in Lake County, Florida run by the now Sheriff of Lake County Gary Borders and his friend Don Brown of Osceola County Florida. Brown and his family also run the Bridges of America Florida Department of Corrections early release and ministry programs at a cost of millions per month to Florida taxpayers. From the time Green Isle opened it was the scene of rapes of the boys one of which was only 9 years old. By the last known five rapes reported to the Lake Sheriff on Nov. 21, 2009 Gary Borders was the sheriff of Lake County. Insiders at Green Isle released pictures of Sheriff Borders pictured grinning with Tyler Anthony Jackson (named by the five boys as their rapist from July-Nov 2009) pictures reportedly taken in July-2009. When the reports of rapes was made Sheriff Borders protected his friend the rapist and did not arrest or prosecute him. By Feb 2010 some of the boys still held at Green Isle had attempted suicide and Border covered that up also. On Feb 3, 2010 house parents got the news of the rapes on local TV – the next day Sheriff Borders and the fifth judicial circuit of Florida faked an arrest, prosecution and sentencing of the rapist – all the while the rapist remained at large in Citrus County Florida receiving traffic citations and committing dating violence according to a petition for injunction for protections filed in that county.
Research John Couey’s connections. Couey is the murderer of Jessica Lunsford. He was Born in Orlando, Fl. First incarcerated in Osceola County, Fl. Reportedly involved with the Coggins Farms in Valdosta, GA. The Coggins Farms was reportedly the home base for hundreds of children who were pimped out to powerful well connected pedophiles. Florida Fifth Circuit State Attorney refused to prosecute Couey’s sister and brother in law (name SECORD) Couey was sentenced to death row (the murder of Jessica was “tributed” with a law called “Jessica’s law.” Couey died reportedly of anal cancer that no one seemed to know he was suffering from.
Of course the horrors of the Green Isle Boys Ranch like all the rest of these horrors remains nothing more that a political issue. Anyone who dares to complain or dares to tell the truth about the sickness that prevails in both of our so called political arena’s has an obvious ax to grind with some political or the political system.
It seems everything children or everything government today is best served according to the politicians and bureaucrats by the taxpayers throwing more and more millions of dollars into more and more private for-profit organizations run by the politically well connected who are always more than glad to share the wealth with those lawmakers (lawbreakers) who always seem to figure out some way to renew those contracts even if they are with those who so blatantly sexually abuse our children like James Slattery (Youth Services International) YSI Administrator taking boys home to his bedroom should be a criminal offense, but since they are Florida State private contractors no charges were brought and their state contract was renewed instead.
Just like Sheriff Gary Borders who run the Green Isle Boys pedophile Ranch for the Republicans ffrom 1989-2010 was rewarded by Jeb Bush by being appointed Sheriff of Lake County in October 2006 – James Slattery was rewarded for his employee’s abusing both boys and girls at his YSI with a renewal of his contract.
Frank
10:12PM APR 12TH 2014
Yes, yes, anyone who must make their arguments by demonizing others and labeling them as Marxists, Communists, Muslims, and pedophiles should be intently listened to . . . . . at least until we can have them legally committed . . . . . . for being absolutely delusional in that first sentence, if nothing else . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
Frank
7:25AM APR 10TH 2014
If this is the type of sliming and personal demonization politics the GOP carries out against their own, can't wait to see them foaming at the mouth during the general election . . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
Cindy
7:20AM APR 10TH 2014
Why don't you investigate the reason LBB is getting so many endorsements from out of state? Why are those folk interested in getting a CD19 candidate elected? We are capable in CD19 to make our choice.

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