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CAPE CORAL, Fla. – On Tuesday, Dan Severson received an endorsement from Clint Lorance, the former Army 1st Lieutenant, who was recently pardoned by President Trump after serving six years in the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.

“Today I am announcing my support for Dan Severson for congress and the reason why is because I know he has been a fighter his entire life. He’s a warrior and he’s the kind of warrior that we need right now in 2020 to send to Washington D.C. to fight for Florida District 19,” said Lorance, who recently moved to Florida following his pardon. “I have spent time talking with Dan and I have no doubt that he has the leadership qualities we need to help our country through these extremely troubling times.”

Lorance was originally sentenced to 19 years in prison for two counts of 2nd degree murder, after he ordered his men to open fire on three Afghan men who were approaching his platoon on motorcycles in Kandahar, Afghanistan. According to the Army Times, the specific area they were in was known to be a hotbed of Taliban insurgent activity and the platoon had come under fire the day before the incident.

It is important to note that Lorance never fired his weapon during the altercation and evidence was later found linking all three Afghan men to bomb-making networks, with their fingerprints found directly on bombs. Additionally, it is also a commonly known fact that the preferred method of transportation for Taliban military aged males is often motorcycles.

On Nov. 15, 2019, Lorance received a full pardon from President Trump after years of support from FOX News Channel’s Sean Hannity. Additionally, Lorance’s story was featured in the documentary series Leavenworth on Starz, which focused on the incident.

“I have no doubt that Clint was wrongly used as a political prop by the Obama administration at a time when they desperately needed someone to take the fall for mounting civilian casualties in Afghanistan,” said Severson. “I am grateful that President Trump pardoned Clint and I thank Clint for his endorsement. When I am elected, I will work to put laws into effect that protect our men and women in uniform from the sort of unfair treatment Clint was subjected to. The bottom line is that our soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and Coast Guardsmen deserve to rest assured that if they feel threatened, they have every right to defend themselves. Furthermore, that right extends to all Americans.”

Severson, who is one of nine candidates running for the District 19 seat, is a former Navy commander and Top Gun fighter pilot. He is the most ardent pro-gun supporter of the 2nd amendment running in the race, and is also a major proponent of legislation supporting servicemembers and veterans.

Florida’s 19th Congressional district covers Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Marco Island and Naples.

In addition to being endorsed by Lorance, Severson has been endorsed by the conservative Republican former Minnesota governor, Tim Pawlenty, and by Michael Johns, the co-founder and leader of the National Tea Party Movement.

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – On Thursday, another allegation came to light about a candidate running in the crowded race for Florida’s 19th Congressional District.

News outlets began reporting that Iraqi-born Kousay “Casey” Askar has lied about having a degree from Harvard Business School. According to Florida law, misrepresentation of education is a crime in Florida.

The report in the Naples Daily News, said state attorney Amira Fox has requested Governor Ron Desantis to appoint another office to investigate the matter because of her involvement with Dane Eagle. Just last month, in a separate issue, a federal elections complaint was filed alleging Askar of violating campaign finance laws.

“As part my team’s due diligence to find out who is running to represent our fellow neighbors, we reached out to Harvard in an attempt to validate Askar’s claim of graduating. Instead of getting a verification, we received a notice saying they were ‘unable to verify a degree’ for this individual,” said Dan Severson, a retired U.S. Navy commander and Top Gun fighter pilot who is also running for Congress in the race. “It’s troubling that much of the media has refused to properly look into those who are running.”

In addition to the latest allegation against Askar, according to public records searches, Askar also has a history of allegations of domestic violence between him and his ex-wife and a plethora of ongoing litigation including lawsuits filed by the Seminole Tribe of Florida against him.

“This doesn’t sound like the type of person or character we need representing Southwest Florida,” said Severson.

Askar isn’t the only candidate with a troubled record. According to public records searches, Byron Donalds has a history of drug charges, including a felony drug charge.

William “Dr. Fig” Figlesthaler was just caught lying about one of his senior campaign staffers who was recently arrested for contempt of court.

Additionally, Dane Eagle had a very public DUI arrest while serving as a state representative, and yet the Tallahassee Police Department has refused to cooperate with our investigator’s requests for public records related to Eagle.

“No wonder Congress is so screwed up. Historically speaking, it appears that all of these individuals have serious judgment issues or a hard time following the law, yet they want to represent Southwest Florida,” Severson said. “I challenge the media to do their job, investigate the candidates, look up my background and ask me anything. You will not find anything on me other than qualifications. I am a retired Navy commander, and have endeavored to live a life worthy of my Lord, my family and my country.”

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