Revised GOP attack on Randy Perkins hits TV in Congress race

A revised National Republican Congressional Committee ad attacking Democratic  candidate Randy Perkins is now on the air after local TV stations yanked a previous version under threat of a lawsuit.

 

Republican Brian Mast (left) and Democrat Randy Perkins.

Republican Brian Mast (left) and Democrat Randy Perkins, candidates for the congressional District 18 seat.

Perkins faces Republican Brian Mast in a nationally watched race for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional District 18 seat.

 

The NRCC last week began airing an ad that accused Perkins, the founder and CEO of disaster-relief giant Ashbritt Inc.,  of “scamming a school district.” Lawyers for Perkins called the ad a “false, misleading and deceptive” characterization of a dispute between Ashbritt and the Broward County School District over charges for Hurricane Wilma repairs.

 

Broward school district auditors in 2009 said the district overpaid Ashbritt $765,608 for repairs to portable classrooms damaged by Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Ashbritt filed a 2010 lawsuit disputing the claim and reached a settlement in 2014 in which it paid the district $200,000 and the school board stated that Ashbritt “committed no wrong doing.”  The settlement states that language in the Wilma contract was “ambiguous and there is a good faith disagreement over its interpretation.”

 

The new NRCC ad cuts out the “scamming a school district” claim and instead accuses Perkins of “even ‘grossly’ overbilling a school district,” with the word “grossly” highlighted from the 2009 audit report.

 

 

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