The parents of two of the students murdered at a Parkland, Florida high school earlier this year have endorsed Democrat Philip Levine for governor, the SunSentinel is reporting.
Television ads for Levine will feature the endorsement of Patricia and Manuel Oliver, who lost their son, Joaquin when a gunman shot and killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February, according to the newspaper. Another ad will feature Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed in the massacre.
The ads will run as 30-second spots on South Florida broadcast and cable channels beginning Tuesday, the Sentinel said. Levine’s spokesman noted it will cost the campaign in the six figures.
“I cannot protect Joaquin anymore,” Manuel Oliver said in one of the ads. “We are together and were going to keep this fight for the rest of our lives. I really believe that Philip is a doer and he can show it — he’s part of that team that we are looking for. That’s why we’re voting for Philip.”
And Guttenberg said in his ad that he’s now dedicated his life to “taking on anyone who won’t do anything about it — the president, the NRA, and the do-nothing politicians. That’s why we need Philip Levine — like me, he not only demanded stronger gun laws, but he marched on Tallahassee to make it happen. Levine’s a doer, not a talker.”
Five Democrats are seeking the party’s nomination for governor in the August. 28 primary.
A recent Mason-Dixon Polling and Research survey showed former congresswoman Gwen Graham was supported by 27 percent of voters, compared to Levine, the former Miami Beach mayor, who was backed by 18 percent in advance of the primary. Twelve percent supported Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene.
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