Republican congressional candidate Brian Mast has said he supports his party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee wants to make sure the voters of U.S. House of Representatives District 18 don’t forget that fact.
After weeks of getting hammered for his comments about women, Trump raised more eyebrows during Wednesday’s debate, when he refused to say that he would respect the outcome of the presidential election.
“The question for Brian Mast is whether he thinks his party’s standardbearer Donald Trump should uphold a fundamental tenet of our democracy and honor the results of this election,” the DCCC’s regional press secretary, Jermaine House, said in a press statement aimed at helping Mast’s Democratic opponent, Randy Perkins. “Donald Trump’s claim that he will ‘keep us in suspense’ about whether he will respect voters’ decision on November 8th is as reckless as it is ridiculous, and Mast needs to answer for the fact that his nominee is actively undermining our great nation and our precious democracy.”
Perkins, a wealthy businessman, has been looking to pin Mast, a former U.S. Army bomb technician who lost both legs during an explosion in Afghanistan in 2010, to Trump’s troubled presidential run.
His success in that effort will go a long way in determining the outcome of the race, which has drawn national attention because District 18 is a swing district where both political parties believe they have a good shot at victory.