Republican Congressional candidate Allen West sent a press release this morning disputing Democratic Congressman Ron Klein's first attack ad.
Last night, Klein's campaign released an ad that stated that the IRs placed an $11,000 lien on West's home in Indiana for unpaid taxes and that he had liens on his Plantation home and lost a judgment for about $5,500 with American Express travel. West's campaign says that the IRS lien is lie and that West never lived in Indiana. Campaign spokesman Josh Grodin said the IRS made a mistake and he is researching what happened.
But Grodin doesn't dispute that West had liens placed on his Plantation home by his HOA. And he doesn't dispute the credit card judgment.
"Allen West was serving in Iraq and Afghistan. [His wife] Angela was putting herself through grad school and caring for two young daughters. Like countless young families the West found themeslves with a financial burden," Grodin said in an interview. Here's what the campaign wrote in a press release:
"It's sad that Klein has chosen to play politics as usual at a time when our country needs principled leadership - especially considering the fact that he flat out lied about Allen ever having an IRS lien in Marion County. Let me say this again. Allen West, and his wife Dr. Angela M. Graham-West have never resided, nor owned property in Marion County, IN, and there was never a valid IRS lien placed upon them. Since Ron Klein approved this message, then Ron Klein owes the West family a formal public apology for this outrageous lie in his first campaign ad in 2010."