Published: Mar 19, 2014 4:22 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 19, 2014 6:28 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The race for congress in SW Florida is growing nastier, with one Repbulican calling another, a liar.   Meantime, still another candidate is saying, he's done nothing wrong in advising a competitor of negative TV spots to come.

Paige Kreegel left a voice message for Curt Clawson, telling him that a political action committee, or PAC,  had bought air time to criticize Clawson.   Clawson says that call made  him uncomfortable, and now he's turned it into a T-V spot of his own, claiming Kreegel broke the law by commuicating with the PAC.

"We will let the ad stand by itself.  We back it up," says Clawson.

"We didn't break any laws.  We learned of the PAC effort from the federal elections website," responds Kreegel.   It is illegal for a candidate to coordinate his efforts with a PAC, and Kreegel says he did not do any such thing.

He adds:  "Clawson's lying.  Curt Clawson is lying and he knows he is lying.  The last thing we need in Washington, is another liar."

WINK News offered Clawson a chance to respond on the record to the 'liar' claim.   He refused.  His people tell  WINK News, he didn't have time and had to get to another campaign event.

On Wednesday, Clawson earned the endorsement of the Tea Party Express, which calls itself, the biggest Political action committee in the tea party movement.

The race to replace former Congressman Trey Radel moves to the primary April 22nd.

Four republicans are competing for the nomination, including Lizbeth Benacquisto and Michael Dreikorn.