New York Times: Combat veteran from the Treasure Coast runs for Congress

Mr. Mast (right) does not mind the questions about his legs if they are asked in the right spirit, he said on a sunny afternoon as he sat overlooking one of the numerous golf courses on the Treasure Coast. (Source: New York Times)


Brian Mast, an Army veteran who lost both legs while serving in Afghanistan, is campaigning for the United States House of Representatives.

Mr. Mast is one of 11 candidates over all for the seat now held by Representative Patrick Murphy, a Democrat. Mr. Murphy, who is running to replace Senator Marco Rubio, won his seat four years ago, beating Representative Allen West by fewer than 2,000 votes.

Seven Republicans are vying for the nomination, including Carl Domino, a former state legislator and Mr. Murphy’s 2014 challenger; Rebecca Negron, a school board member and wife of a powerful state senator; and Mark Freeman, a physician who owns a handful of Medicare centers. Randy Perkins, who founded a company that manages natural disaster cleanup, has set himself apart on the Democratic side by putting about $2 million into the race, which the Cook Political Report recently listed as a “Democratic tossup.”

For the complete story: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/19/us/politics/a-combat-veteran-runs-for-congress-and-the-scrutiny-intensifies.html?ribbon-ad-idx=5&rref=politics&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Politics&pgtype=article

 

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