Conservatives Take Aim at Debbie Mucarsel-Powell’s Ties to Ukranian Oligarch

South Florida Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell continues to feel the heat due to her family’s ties to a Ukranian oligarch who is accused of backing contract murders.

Earlier this week, the Daily Beast examined Robert Powell’s ties to Ukranian businessman Ihor Kolominsk.

Powell is the husband of  Mucarsel-Powell who is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla. On Monday, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) jabbed Mucarsel-Powell on the matter.

On Thursday, the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), a Super PAC connected to the GOP leadership in the U.S. House, joined in, hitting Mucarsel-Powell on the matter in a new radio ad.

“South Florida voters have absolutely no reason to trust Debbie Mucarsel-Powell’s judgment after learning her family has been making hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Ukrainian oligarch accused of ‘contract killings and fraudulent billion-dollar schemes,’” said Courtney Alexander, a spokeswoman for CLF, on Thursday. “Debbie and her husband have a lot of questions to answer after taking dirty foreign money from a shady oligarch. South Florida voters deserve better than Debbie’s bad judgment.”

“A shady Ukrainian businessman. Dirty foreign money. A U.S. congressional candidate,” the narrator of the ad says. “It’s a shocking scandal – and the story of Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. Explosive new reports raise troubling questions about Powell and her husband’s close ties to a shady Ukrainian oligarch – who has been, quote, ‘accused of contract killings and fraudulent billion-dollar schemes.’ But that didn’t stop the Powell family from cashing in, with her husband taking $700,000 while working for the oligarch’s firms. The Powell family was involved in at least six of the oligarch’s businesses, with her husband identified as his right-hand man in documents and federal court records. Debbie Powell: Dirty foreign money. Shady ties. Bad judgment.”

Curbelo represents a swing district and this contest is expected to be one of the closest congressional races in the nation come November.


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