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Times-Union: Opponent accuses Stearns of bribery, says FBI investigating
Posted Mar 7, 2012 by William March
Updated Mar 9, 2012 at 05:29 PM
The Jacksonville Times-Union is reporting that Clay County Clerk of Court James Jett, who’s running in a primary against U.S. Rep. Jeff Stearns, R-Ocala, says the FBI is investigating Jett’s accusation that Stearns offered him money and appointed political positions to drop out of the primary.
The story—see it here —quotes Jett as saying the FBI wiretapped Jett’s phone as result of the allegations and recorded messages alluding to the offers.
The story names former state education Commissioner Jim Horne and Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll as being linked to the plan to move Jett out of the race.
Stearns’ office issued a vehement denial.