Hillsborough County Commission District 1 candidate Todd Marks slammed Republican rival Aakash Patel Monday for his past donations to Democrats.

At issue is the Jan. 28 edition of LeaderCast Tampa, where Patel was interviewed on his decision run for the county commission job and his political philosophy.

During the interview Patel speaks on his business experience, his vision for the county and speaks favorably on many GOP priorities. However, Marks takes issue with one line near the halfway point of the 36-minute interview:

“A one-hundred-dollar donation for drinks and food on a Tuesday night at a nice hotel. I think it’s a great deal, but most importantly it’s an ability to network with other people that believe in the future of Hillsborough County,” Patel said in the interview. “Regardless of your party affiliation the one thing about me is, I’ve said publicly and privately is, I’m pro Hillsborough. I’m pro Tampa. I’m not a Republican or Democrat philosophy. I’ve given money to Democrats. I’ve supported Democrats.”

Marks said that willingness to reach across the aisle left him “stunned,” and made him feel Patel is rejecting voters with Republican values.

“I found Aakash’s statement hard to believe when I first heard it. In fact, I was stunned. Unfortunately, a long list of political donations made by Aakash to Democrats lends credibility to his own statement that he does not have a Republican philosophy,” Marks said in a press release.

“You deserve to have a county commissioner who you can trust that is a true Republican who will defend your principles and values. Not a commissioner who runs as a Republican, but claims publicly and privately that he doesn’t adhere to either philosophy.”

Later in the two-page attack, Marks tells readers “If

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