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‘I extracted this knife from my back’: Rep. Adams consultant mails knife to Rep. Mica supporter

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Alexis Levinson
Political Reporter

Ahead of Tuesday’s member-on-member GOP primary in Florida’s 7th Congressional District, the campaigns of Reps. Sandy Adams and John Mica are slinging allegations of misconduct at one another.

On Friday Mica told The Daily Caller that a paid consultant for Adams sent a knife in the mail to one of his supporters.

Mica made the allegation when asked about claims from the Adams campaign that Mica supporters had been threatening and intimidating them. One Adams supporter, who asked not to be named, told TheDC that she had received an intimidating call.

“I was told that my career in politics would be over if I did not stop supporting Sandy Adams and start supporting John Mica,” the Adams supporter said. Adams said she had heard of numerous similar instances.

Asked to comment on the alleged threats, Mica, through a spokesperson, told TheDC that the claims are “a total fabrication, and the only campaign who has threatened supporters is hers, when her paid political consultant, Jason Roe, sent a knife through the U.S. mail to one of our supporters.”

The recipient of the knife was retired New York police officer Jim Bomford, the president of the Ronald Reagan Republican Assemblies of Florida.

Bomford, who provided a photo of the knife to TheDC, explained that both Mica and Adams were members of his organization. He knew that Mica planned to run for re-election in the newly redistricted 7th District, but was waiting to announce it until the redistricting map was final. When Adams, who was redistricted into the 7th said that she, too, would run in that district – instead of running in a different district with no incumbent – Bomford said he spoke with her to try to convince her not to face off against Mica.

In addition, he advised her against employing Roe.

“I advised her that Jason tends to be reckless,” Bomford said. He explained that he knew Roe from long before this campaign “because I represent retired police officers on Capitol Hill.” Roe previously worked as chief of staff to Florida Rep. Tom Feeney.

Roe resigned his position as deputy campaign manager to Mitt Romney in 2007, Hotline On-Call reported at the time, after the FBI asked questions of his former boss, Feeney, regarding a golf trip he took with superlobbyist Jack Abramoff to Scottland in 2003. Bomford said he also told Adams that Roe’s wife, Patty, had been linked with the unethical behavior of former Rep. Rick Renzi, for whom she worked.

“I said I just want to keep this between us,” Bomford told Adams.

“Instead of keeping it to herself, she apparently immediately ran back to Jason … and told Jason what I had said,” Bomford alleged. “Three days later I had the knife in the mail.”

With the knife, he said, was “a subtle warning, you know, ‘you’re stabbing your friends in the back.’”