Brian Mast, one of our six Picks for the 2016 cycle, is running for Congress in Florida’s 18th District. The seat is open, as incumbent Democrat Patrick Murphy is leaving the House to run against Marco Rubio for the Senate. Mast beat five other Republicans in a primary to win the nomination, and is now facing Randy Perkins, an undistinguished wealthy liberal.
Mast is a 12-year veteran of the Army, where he served in the Joint Special Operations Command as a bomb disposal expert, saving his fellow troops from IEDs. In Afghanistan, he defused one bomb too many. The last one exploded and cost Mast both of his legs. In the course of his service, Mast was awarded the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, the Purple Heart and The Defense Meritorious Service Medal. Since his discharge, he has continued to work as an explosives expert for the Department of Homeland Security, served alongside the Israeli Defense Force, and earned a degree from Harvard.
Mast’s positions on the issues are here. He is a solid, mainstream conservative. You can tell he is a good conservative because an ad for his Democrat opponent calls Mast “dangerously extreme” and likens him to former Congressman Allen West and the “extremist, frightening” radio host Mark Levin.
Brian Mast is the kind of inspiring, capable candidate that conservatives around the country need to get behind. Please go here to donate to his campaign. Don’t think you need to be a big hitter for your contribution to be worthwhile. Experience in recent years has shown the power of the grass roots. Give $100 or more if you can, give $10 or $20 if that is what you can afford. We need men like Brian Mast in Congress.