Progressive candidate recruiting group slams NRA in newspaper ad

The ad in the South Florida Sun Sentinel accuses the gun rights group of 'killing our kids.'
This full-page ad ran in Sunday's South Florida SunSentinel
This full-page ad ran in Sunday's South Florida SunSentinel
Published Feb. 26, 2018|Updated Feb. 26, 2018

A national group that supports stricter gun control laws is trying to recruit challengers for two dozen Florida legislators who are running unopposed for re-election and who are rated A or A-plus by the NRA.

The group,, ran a full-page ad in Sunday's edition of the South Florida Sun Sentinel under the headline "The NRA is killing our kids."

The text says, "These 25 state legislators are running unopposed this November — and they're complicit in the gun violence in our community."

On the list are Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, and Reps. Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes; Bryan Avila, R-Hialeah; Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo; Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor; Jake Raburn, R-Dover; and Ralph Massullo, R-Lecanto.

Most of them are in safe Republican districts. History suggests they are more concerned about being challenged from the right in a Republican primary than facing serious Democratic opposition in November.

Run for Something bills itself as a group dedicated to supporting progressive candidates for state and local office. Its website offers strategic campaign plans and a "candidate support system" for potential office seekers.

"Donald Trump is president, so throw everything you know about politics out the window," the group's website reads. "You're qualified to run for local office – we're here to help."