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Sour grapes or real beef? Diaz de la Portilla gets hit with elections complaint

Picture 7The bareknuckle House District 112 Republican race ended Tuesday night with former state Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla as the winner. And to the winner belong the spoils. And the elections complaint from employees of the loser in the race, former Rep. Gus Barreiro.

Arthur Arnau, a former Barreiro aide who was paid more than $18,000 from his campaign, announced Thursday that he filed a complaint alleging that Diaz de la Portilla's campaign finance reports listed "no expenditures for printing of campaign materials, mailers, palm cards, yard signs, robo calls, fence posters or campaign workers."

Well, not quite. The report available on the elections division website shows Diaz de la Portila, who was hit with campaign violation years before, itemized expenditures for everything but the robo calls. He said those expenses will be listed on his final report for expenses incurred after Aug. 8.

Arnau says the listed expenses are too small for the expenditures that were actually made. Diaz de la Portilla denies it. Arnau also alleges that Diaz de la Portilla's brother, a senator, "co-mingled" funds from his campaign account. And he complains that one mailer improperly lised the punch number of their youngest brother, Renier, who lost a state House race in Hialeah Tuesday.

"This is a guy who ran against me in 1999, who worked for my opponent and who was his aide," Diaz de la Portilla said. "This is b.s."

As for the punch-number mixup, Diaz de la Portilla said it was a mistake and it benefitted no one in his district to receive the wrong number for a candidate, his brother, in another district.

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