Group Helping Veterans Running Ads for Florida Republican Congressman

A group is running new ads supporting a Florida Republican congressman representing a swing district.

With Honor Action, which defines itself as a group “supporting military veterans who want to work across the aisle and put principles before politics while serving again in Congress,” announced on Thursday that it will spend $200,000 for digital and print ads thanking U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., “for his hard work and leadership for our service members, veterans and military children.”

Rye Barcott, the co-founder and CEO of With Honor Action, praised Mast, who lost both of his legs during his Army service in Afghanistan.

“We would like to thank Congressman Brian Mast for working across the aisles to make sure the National Defense Authorization Act passed with provisions to protect service members, veterans and military children. As an Army veteran and father, Congressman Mast knows the needs his constituents and always puts them first in Congress,” Barcott said.

“With Honor Action’s advisory board includes post-9/11 veterans and Gold Star family members — Chris Howard, Ryan Manion, and Medal of Honor Recipient Florent Groberg— as well as prominent American leaders such as Secretary George Shultz, Secretary Robert Gates, Admiral Michael Mullen, Michèle Flournoy, and David Gergen,” the group noted about its organization.

Now in his second term, Mast was a top target for Democrats in the last election cycle but he beat Democrat Lauren Baer 54 percent to 46 percent despite 2018 being a good year for Democrats. Mast faces former police officer Nicholas Vessio in the Republican primary while former state Deputy Solicitor General Oz Vazquez is running for the Democratic nomination.

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

 

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