Dwight Bullard and Andrew Korge are both Democrats, but their primary election has the elements of a bitter partisan fight.
Bullard, an incumbent state senator running in a new district,accused Korge of offering him $25,000 to switch to a different Senate race. The state attorney’s office opened an investigationinto the allegations. Former Republican state representative and school board member Ana Rivas Logan entered the race as a Democrat in May and dropped out about a month later, citing a need to take care of her parents and a disdain for “in-the-gutter” campaign tactics.
Bullard recently met with the state attorney’s office regarding the alleged offer of payment and said the exchange was “very candid and very open.”
“I know that Mr. Korge’s reactions have been that I’m making this stuff up and keeping it in the media to stir the pot,” Bullard said. “I’m not stupid in the sense of wanting to endanger my livelihood and reputation to disparage another person for political gain.”
In a statement to the Miami Herald, Korge said: “I unequivocally deny the accusation that I offered Dwight Bullard $25,000 cash.”
In a subsequent interview, Korge added: “Dwight solicited me, it is very clear, there is clear record of that. It’s a sophisticated political attack he's employing because he thinks it’s the only way he can win.”
Bullard denies asking Korge for money to switch districts.
Korge is raising serious money in the race, nearly $350,000 raised since the beginning of 2015, while Bullard has raised just over $85,000 in the same period.
“One of the interesting things is that he's always framed himself as a true progressive,” Bullard said of Korge. “If our ideologies shape up similarly than what context do you have for running?”
Korge didn’t attack Bullard on ideology but said that the incumbent “technically hasn’t gotten anything done in eight years.”
“If I haven’t done anything in eight years I’ll retire,” Korge said.
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