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Scott rolls out 11 sheriffs to show his law enforcement bona fides



Thrown onto the defensive over who has the better creds among law enforcement, Republican Rick Scott held a made-for-TV event in Sanford Monday showing that he, too, has the support of some of Florida's law enforcement.

The event -- in the home city of Scott's primary opponent Bill McCollum -- featured the endorsements of Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Cameron, Sarasota Sheriff Tom Knight, Manatee Sheriff Brad Steube, Duval Sheriff John Rutherford, Pinellas Sheriff Jim Coats, Lee Sheriff Mike Scott, Seminole Sheriff Don Eslinger, St. John's Sheriff Dave Shoar, Volusia Sheriff Ben Johnson, Flagler Sheriff Don Fleming, and Pasco Sheriff Sheriff Bob White.

Sink has attempted to get traction into this traditionally Republican territory with two attack ads released last week and recent media events aimed at Scott. They each highlight the endorsement of Sink by Florida's two police unions and the support of individual Republican sheriffs and state attorneys. Two weeks ago, the Florida Police Benevolent Association began airing an ad blasting Scott's 7-7-7 plan as a recipe for releasing prisoners.

Standing in front of a “Law Enforcement Trusts Rick Scott” banner, Pasco County Sheriff White said that to get the state back to work "we need old-fashioned statesmanship and courageous leadership and we think we found that, that courageous leadership in Rick Scott.''

During the Univision debate on Friday, Scott incorrectly said that Sink "is not supported by law enforcement." Maybe he meant to say Sink wasn't supported by all of law enforcement?


[Last modified: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 5:45am]


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