Rubio Opponent Postpones Releasing Finances

'Little Trump of Florida' Carlos Beruff is self-funding his Senate campaign

Carlos Beruff, center, is willing to spend up to $15 million in his campaign for the Florida Senate seat. (Courtesy Carlos Beruff for U.S. Senate Facebook page)
Carlos Beruff, center, is willing to spend up to $15 million in his campaign for the Florida Senate seat. (Courtesy Carlos Beruff for U.S. Senate Facebook page)
Posted June 28, 2016 at 10:30am

A Republican real estate mogul is delaying the release of his financial records while running for office. But its not the one you might be thinking of.   

Carlos Beruff, who is running against incumbent Marco Rubio for the Republican Senate nomination in Florida, was granted an extension  on filing his financial disclosure forms, The Bradenton Herald reported.  

Beruff has been called the “Little Trump of Florida ” for his brash style, his self-funded campaign, and his endorsement of Donald Trump.   

The construction magnate is spending his own money on television ads to support his campaign against Rubio, who reversed course last week and announced he was running for re-election after a failed presidential run.   

Beruff is the sole major challenger to Rubio left in the race. Four other candidates dropped out either immediately before or after Rubio’s announcement.  

The most recent Mason-Dixon poll  posted by RealClearPolitics showed Beruff holding a small lead over the GOP field in Florida before Rubio’s change of mind. That same poll showed about half of those surveyed were undecided and a similar number wanted Rubio to get into the race.   

Beruff has spent $5 million on television ads and could spend another $10 million to $15 million to help clinch the Republican nomination.  

The deadline for sending absentee ballots to overseas uniformed military service members and civilians is July 16. Domestic absentee ballots are due to be mailed between July 26 and August 2.  

Beruff now has until July 31 to file forms disclosing his income and financial holdings.   

The primary election is Aug. 30.  


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