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By Beacon Staff
posted Jul 19, 2012 - 12:20:11pm
Editor’s note: Welcome to “Campaign Diary,” a collection of election tidbits contributed by members of The Beacon staff, as we march along the campaign trail, following those who seek elected office on this year’s crowded ballots.
A barb was hurled at candidate for Florida House Dist. 27 David Santiago by a Deltona woman who filed a complaint against him with the Florida Elections Commission. The charge: Santiago failed to identify himself as a Republican on campaign signs, which is a violation of state statute that says all political advertisements in partisan races must be properly marked with such information.
A spokeswoman at the Elections Commission declined to comment on the complaint, saying all such complaints are confidential until they are settled.
Tongues of non-Santiago supporters have been wagging. They say Santiago is trying to enlist Hispanic supporters who might not be thrilled to find that he is a Republican.
Santiago said he used the same disclaimer he had used when he ran for nonpartisan office, like the Deltona City Commission. He said the problem has been corrected.
“It was an oversight. I’m a Republican and proud to call myself a Republican. I want everyone to know I’m a Republican,” Santiago told The Beacon.
He noted it’s another Republican he’ll face in the Aug. 14 Republican primary: former Deltona City Attorney George Trovato.
Santiago also pointed out Florida House Dist. 27 candidate Dennis Mulder, a Democrat, made the same mistake in a fundraising flier. Mulder is unopposed, so there won’t be a Democratic primary Aug. 14. The winner of the Republican primary will be on the ballot with Mulder Tuesday, Nov. 6.
“I’m sure that was a minor oversight on his part,” Santiago said. He sees no need for complaints about it.
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