Toby Overdorf makes provably baseless attack in HD 83 GOP primary
Toby Overdorf

Toby Overdorf

Palm City Toby Overdorf is accusing his opponent in the House District 83 Republican primary of accepting money from the sugar industry, but a glance at contribution records turns up no evidence of supporting the allegation.

“Did you hear Sasha Dadan took campaign money from Big Sugar? It’s all on the Florida Division of Elections website, but she’s claiming she wants to clean the lagoon,” a message from the Overdorf campaign says. “How can she do both? I’m going to ask her on her Facebook page. Will you ask her, too?”

Dadan, an attorney, responded to the attack on Facebook, calling it “fake news.” In this case, it appears that’s a fair assessment.

Looking over Dadan’s campaign contributions through July 20 shows some money from the ag industry — she has received checks from Garcia Family Farms, which operates an orange grove, and cattle rancher Clayton Humphries has pitched in as well, but there’s no sign of money from “Big Sugar.”

Additionally, industry sources confirmed that they have not made contributions to any candidate running for HD 83, though they did say Overdorf has solicited their support in the primary race.

“My opponent will say and do anything to get elected! Today Toby sent out thousands text messages lying about me and my campaign. Contrary to his #FakeNews, I have not accepted contributions from Big Sugar,” Dadan wrote.

“Toby makes Ag and Farmers the bad guys when he speaks to folks on the coast, then he insults environmentalists when he asks farmers for their support. Very sad! Toby is desperate, because he was recently exposed for lobbying to build a Biosolid plant which would place 40 million pounds of human waste next to the C-25 canal, as he was paid to do,” she continued.

The Port St. Lucie Republican then tossed out a link to a story from NBC affiliate WPTV about Sunbreak Farms seeking to “create and use a compost partially made of recycled human waste.” Overdorf is quoted as a representative of Sunbreak Farms in that article, where he says the plan includes measures to prevent the compost from getting into nearby canals that feed into the Indian River Lagoon.

Overdorf and Dadan are competing for the Republican nomination to succeed state Rep. Gayle Harrell, who is term-limited and running for state Senate. The winner of the Aug. 28 primary election will face Jensen Beach Democrat Matt Theobald in the Nov. 6 general election.

Overdorf was the first-in candidate and currently leads the money race with more than $108,000 raised and $62,700 banked in his campaign account. Dadan, who filed in late May, has raised $38,405 and has $31,700 on hand. Theobald filed just ahead of the qualifying deadline and has so far raised $6,275 and has $4,150 at the ready.

HD 83 covers parts of Martin and St. Lucie counties and has a Republican lean. In 2016, Harrell won re-election over Democratic challenger Crystal Lucas with 54 percent of the vote. She went unopposed in 2014 and faced no major-party challengers in 2012.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


  • Deborah SCHMIDT

    August 1, 2018 at 12:54 am

    Why then is Dadan a NO SHOW at Monday night’s Open Debate and other public speaking engagements in Stuart to discuss in person and defend herself. I believe she is extremely inexperienced and not knowledgeable about the topics. She mysteriously appears last minute, now representing Republicans instead of Democrats. Very fishy to me.

  • Daniel Shaver

    August 1, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Sasha DADAN and Toby OVERDORF stop misreprenting the people who voted for you. We see through your LIES.

    Vote GAYLE HARRELL (FRACK LADY IN RED), SASHA DADAN, and TOBY OVERDORF out of Florida politics for not doing a thing to resurrect our state’s waterways and supporting fracking. Easy for OVERDORF to distract by leaving this destructive act of FRACKING to individual counties!


  • Tom Taylor

    August 1, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    As a writer and certainly not a novice in the political arena, I ask this rhetorical question? How difficult is it to hide contributions through PAC’s that intentionally want to disguise contributions from questionable sources , in this case Sugar but it can be many others. In addition, I would not be surprised whatsoever, that Sasha Dadan truly does not know where her money is coming from. It’s not her fault she is being led by the nose by special interest groups. Five months ago she was running her law practice… interest in politics, what changed? These are the questions potential voters should be examining.

  • Daniel Shaver

    August 2, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Sasha needs to know her contributors are… all candidates don’t, it is their responsibility!

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