Democrat Randy Perkins, a millionaire businessman running for Congress as a problem-solving non-politician, said in an August interview he didn’t want to engage in negative campaigning in the nationally watched race for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18 seat.
“This next Congress is going to be pretty divided after these presidential elections,” Perkins said Aug. 4. “I don’t want to have to spend months trying to mend fences. I want to be able to sit down with people and say, ‘Listen, I ran – I don’t run a negative campaign, you didn’t hear me go negative, you didn’t hear me attack the Republicans,’ because from Day One I want to start solving problems.”
Perkins subsequently ran negative ads against Democratic primary foe Jonathan Chane after Chane attacked Perkins in TV spots. And despite his expressed desire to be in a position to “start solving problems” with Republicans on Capitol Hill, Perkins has gone on the attack early in his general election race against Republican Brian Mast.
A new 30-second Perkins ad calls Mast “dangerously extreme” and likens him to former Rep. Allen West, the fiery conservative voted out of office by District 18 voters in 2012, and “extremist, frightening” radio host Mark Levin.