Rick Kozell turned a question on another topic into an attack on Brian Mast during a debate taping Wednesday night between Republican candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives District 18 seat.
Kozell, a small business owner, insinuated that Mast was in the pocket of the sugar industry.
Mast, a special forces veteran who lost both legs during an IED explosion in Afghanistan, didn’t take too kindly to the suggestion, using a break in taping to call Kozell “a P.O.S.” (That’d be piece of blankety-blank).
“I was completely taken aback by his comments,” Mast said after the debate, which will be aired by The Palm Beach Post’s news partner, WPTV Channel 5, during its To the Point show on Sunday at 10 a.m. “I was very surprised.”
Kozell didn’t relent during the debate, saying Mast accepted contributions from the sugar industry and raised more money during a fundraiser hosted by someone in the industry. Mast said he returned the sugar money and raised “very little” during the fundraiser.