A political action committee backing Republican congressional candidate Brian Mast is airing another television ad touting the former U.S. Army bomb technician’s military service and ripping his Democratic rival, Randy Perkins.
The ad, part of the Congressional Leadership Fund’s $3.1 million push in the competitive and closely watched U.S. House of Representatives District 18 race, draws more attention to a fiery TCPalm editorial board meeting last month where Perkins questioned how Mast’s war-time service makes him capable of solving policy problems.
Mast lost both legs in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2010. His military service has been at the center of his campaign.
In the 60-second ad, which will begin airing in West Palm Beach today, former Army medic Cody Bonk of the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, recounts hearing calls for a medic after an explosion in Afghanistan.
“I immediately take off running towards that area, and then I realize it’s Brian Mast,” Bonk recalled.
Bonk then notes, in brutal detail, Mast’s injuries and criticizes Perkins for asking Mast during that editorial board meeting what he pays for health insurance.
“I find that pretty insulting and disrespectful,” Bonk said of Perkins’ questions. “I was there with him. I applied the tourniquets. He’s given more than enough for this country. I think he earned his health care.”