Spano Gimmick Targets Combee; Combee Fires Back

Republican Congressional candidate Ross Spano of Brandon came deep into opponent Neil Combee’s home turf to give away a nickel-per-gallon-of-gas to drivers fueling up at Nick and Moe’s in Kathleen. The nickel per gallon, he said, represented a gas tax Combee helped enact as a county commissioner in 1999. Combee shot back that the gas tax widened miles of roads in Polk County, including Kathleen Road, where Spano staged his stunt. He also said the giveaway may have violated campaign laws.