Who used Paycheck Protection Program funding for what has gripped dialogue in House District 84.
Rep. Delores Hogan Johnson made clear she never saw any benefit from a loan wrongly given to the Florida Democratic Party. Republican challenger Dana Trabulsy, meanwhile, fended off criticism her husband’s business utilized the federal program.
It’s a sign of how the subject of coronavirus relief seeped into dialogue around one of Florida’s most competitive House races.
Through Oct. 2, about a month out from the General Election, incumbent Hogan Johnson reports she has $56,174 in cash on hand, compared to Trabulsy’s $47,328. But Trabulsy has spent $3,353 more on the race so far.
Trabulsy also received $35,183 worth of support so far from the Republican Party of Florida, a sign the GOP believes it possible to flip this seat from blue to red.
The Florida Democratic Party has provided $20,663 in support for Hogan Johnson in some form, whether cash or staff support.
That’s seen as a bit more than a show of interest. The PPP loan to the party, first reported by Florida Politics, generated substantial controversy. In July, the state party returned all the dough, at least