Ed MacDougall, the Cutler Bay mayor who came a distant second to Carlos Curbelo in the Republican primary for Florida's 26th congressional district, has told acquaintances not to vote for Curbelo in the Nov. 4 general election.
In an email to Larry Hawkins, a former Miami-Dade County commissioner and state lawmaker, MacDougall said he couldn't endorse his former opponent because Curbelo refuses to disclose the clients of his government and public relations firm.
"It's not sour grapes, I can tell you that," Hawkins said of MacDougall, whom he has known for more than three decades.
Curbelo acknowledged Friday that among his former clients are Ecuadorean bankers Roberto and William Isaías.
"The people have no stomach for another scandal in this district," MacDougall wrote. "Carlos Curbelo refuses to release his lobbyist clients while serving on the Miami Dade School board. If he had done so and it proved honorable, I would support him. But he refuses, so this is the reason I ask all good republicans not vote for Carlos Curbelo.
"If we are to change the direction of our Country, let us demand accountability, honesty and honor," MacDougall concluded. "I am forever a republican looking for the party we used to have."
MacDougall had told the Political Cortadito blog that he planned to endorse incumbent Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia if Curbelo didn't disclose his client list. The email to Hawkins doesn't go that far -- and even if it did, MacDougall is not so big a name that his support would decide a close race. But he did get more votes than Curbelo in the portion of the district in the Florida Keys.
Curbelo won the five-way primary with 47 percent of the vote, compared to MacDougall's 25 percent.
On Monday, the Curbelo campaign tried to label MacDougall a straw candidate -- like ones suspected in the 2010 and 2012 campaigns for the seat -- though MacDougall was the first Republican to file to run.
"Every day MacDougall further confirms our suspicions that he is the Roly Arrojo and Justin Lamar Sternad of 2014," Curbelo communications director Wadi Gaitan said in an email. "Furthermore, MacDougall ran a divide and conquer, anti-Hispanic campaign in the Republican Primary and it is sad that he continues to do so until this day."
Read MacDougall's full email below.
Per our conversation, I want to make crystal clear my position as it relates
to the district 26 congressional election.
As I said, I have spoken with thousands of fellow republicans and all have
expressed their distrust of republican leadership. I also agree. I witnessed
our republican leadership hand pick their choice. There was no regard for
the peoples process. But the most egregious act was their pick.
The people have no stomach for another scandal in this district. Carlos
Curbelo refuses to release his lobbyist clients while serving on the Miami
Dade School board. If he had done so and it proved honorable, I would
support him. But he refuses, so this is the reason I ask all good
republicans not to vote for Carlos Curbelo. If we are to change the
direction of our Country, let us demand accountability, honesty and honor. I
am forever a republican looking for the party we used to have.