Raymond "Vic" Vickers, the Florida transplant dishing out $1 million in a quixotic bid for the U.S. Senate, is running on a "stop the corruption" platform.
But as recently as 2005, Vickers himself was touched by scandal down in Florida. There were lawsuits, countersuits and allegations that Vickers had urged an associate to romance an elderly widow to secure control of a shipping company.
And there were earlier troubles, dating back 25 years to accusations of influence peddling and exerting pressure for campaign contributions in Florida.
Vickers says he never did anything wrong. He wasn't charged with wrongdoing.
"Time has proven that I was right," Vickers said. "Time has proven that I stopped corruption."
"My work in Florida is finished but there is a lot of work to be done in Alaska."
Questions still dog him. How did he get so rich? Why run for election here, 3,500 miles from where he built a career in law and business and worked on political campaigns? Isn't he just throwing his money away?
Vickers, until recently a registered Democrat and a man who expresses little use for either major party, is one of six challengers taking on indicted U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens in Tuesday's Republican primary.
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