Clemens tells us his opponent in Tuesday's Democratic Primary, Mack Bernard, is seen by the GOP as "their Republican Candidate". Bernard defends himself.
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Former Lake Worth Mayor Jeff Clemens is running for the Florida Senate in District 27, a newly revamped district thanks to reapportionment.
Clemens, a member of the Florida House of Representatives, is running against fellow Democratic State Rep. Mack Bernard, but seems to question Bernard's loyalty to the party. He tells me the local Republicans are largely funding Bernard's campaign.
When we asked why he believes there are no Republicans running for this seat, Clemens said "I think it's because the Republicans in Tallahassee see Mack Bernard as their Republican candidate. He's the one who's voted with them on many of those key issues that are important to (Governor) Rick Scott and the Republican leadership". He added the Republicans are "funding and running (Bernard's) campaign".
Bernard called in and told us that he is too busy working to create jobs to concern himself with name-calling.
He claims it's Clemens who is funded by the Republican money.
"I'm not the Republican candidate at all. I've been a lifetime Democrat, I've never been a Republican. I never will be a Republican. This is Jeff Clemens throwing dirt on an election where he's got no issues that he's standing on", says Bernard.
Bernard says he is known as "the jobs candidate".
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