Deborah Long is the latest political candidate to distance herself from New York City millionaire and political activist Howard Rich.
After it was discovered that Long, Republican candidate for the state House District 45 seat, accepted campaign contributions from organizations linked to Rich, she decided to return the $12,000 in contributions. Rich supports school vouchers and has contributed money to Republican campaigns throughout the country.
"It was getting to be too much of an issue," Long said. "I wanted to clear the air and concentrate on the issues."