Corrine Brown touts legislative accomplishments in face of indictment

Rep. Corrine Brown opened her Jacksonville campaign office to on Sunday and touted her accomplishments during 23 years in office.

"Whether you're talking about the VA clinic, or whether you're talking about the VA hospital," she said. "It just goes on and on and on."

Brown faces a multi-faceted battle.

She's currently three percentage points ahead of former state Sen. Al Lawson for the newly re-drawn 5th Congressional District, according to a University of North Florida survey.

She and her chief of staff also face a federal indictment. They're both accused of using a bogus education charity to funnel money for personal and professional use.

Brown has called the criminal case against her a "witch hunt."

On Sunday she said the media needs to do its homework about her accomplishments during her 23 years in office.

"Let's be clear," she told Action News Jax when asked about the allegations. "The scripture says when people make allegations, it sounds good until you cross-examine."

We asked Brown if she would resign if she was re-elected and convicted.

She said she didn't "have a response to the negative."

"When you're innocent and you know the work that you've done and you know the things that you've done, and you know the media doesn't do its homework. It's just funny," she said.

Brown is due in court for a status hearing on Tuesday.

Congresswoman Corrine Brown opening Jacksonville campaign office today.

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The campaign comes as Rep. Brown and her Chief of Staff face fraud, conspiracy charges.

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Chief of Staff Ronnie Simmons is here. Congresswoman Brown has yet to arrive.

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Congresswoman Brown greets her supporters

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