Within days of wounded combat veteran and Republican congressional candidate Brian Mast announcing that he had received the endorsement of fellow U.S. Army veteran, Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK), Attorney Rick Kozell announced that he received the support from Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA).Rebecca Negron, the Martin County School Board member, who is also challenging Mast and Kozell in the GOP primary in Florida’s 18th congressional district, has also received several endorsements, most notably the recent support she received from state Representative Gayle Harrell (R).
Kozell and Mast have been jabbing one another ever since the first Jupiter, Florida Tea Party forum, where Kozell took a subtle jab at Mast and others for not living in the congressional district they are running to represent.
Kozell contends that he has lived and worked in the district all his life, while Mast has only just recently moved to it in order to run for Congress.
Since entering the race, both men have raised a descent haul of campaign cash, with Mast topping the field with over $500,000, while Kozell has raised about $300,000.
But besides the subtle jabs that have been thrown, Kozell and his campaign have been accused of running a “hush-hush” campaign against Mast, where the focus has been the former bomb tech’s prosthetic legs.Kozell has been accused of saying that Mast only wearing short to exploit his injuries, while some of his campaign supporters and donors have been pushing the narrative that Mast was “only running on his legs.”
We reached out to Mast for comment on the allegations being made against Kozell, but Mast refrained comment, while Kozell still hasn’t responded to our original request for comment about those same allegations made against him and his campaign supporters.