Republican Brian Mast and Democrat Randy Perkins, battling it out in one of the most competitive and important congressional races in the country, are both highlighting points made during Monday’s debate in Palm Beach Gardens.
Mast, a former U.S. Army bomb technician who lost both legs in Afghanistan, jumped on Perkins’ comment that he would “print more money for our seniors” in an effort to portray Perkins as fiscally reckless.
“Clearly, Randy Perkins is unprepared to serve in Congress,” Mast says in a news release highlighting their debate exchange.
Perkins, a wealthy businessman, latched onto Mast donations he said came from lobbyists for All Aboard Florida, a passenger rail project that would connect Miami to Orlando.
Both Perkins and Mast have opposed the project, as do many residents in Martin County, which is part of District 18.
“Why would All Aboard Florida’s backers back Brian Mast?” Perkins asked in a news release. “I think we know the answer.”