Campaign Ad Ridiculed Police Officers
Florida Attorney General and candidate for Governor Bill McCollum is really alienating voters these days. First he filed a lawsuit to block the health insurance reform law, largely at the expense of the very taxpayers he wants to keep it from benefiting, and now he’s alienating police officers in the state.
Last week McCollum and the Republican Party Of Florida put out a campaign ad meant to criticize his opponent for the Governors office, Alex Sink, for buying assault rifles for insurance fraud investigators. The very same day the ad made its debut, one of those officers made an arrest of an armed man in an insurance fraud case. The ad portrayed officers as crazed gunmen. You can see the offensive ad here.
Sink wasn’t amused, and neither were law enforcement officers, especially considering the ad came from the man who is now the Attorney General, Bill McCollum.
Today the FLPBA President sent out this letter condemning the ad, McCollum and the Republican Party of Florida:
As law enforcement officers, we are used to suffering abuse from the criminals roaming our streets. They often yell at us, spit at us, assault us and sometimes kill us. We expect it. It comes with the territory. What we don’t expect is to be mocked and insulted by the Republican Party of Florida as part of their effort to elect Bill McCollum as Governor.
An outrageous attack advertisement, produced by the Republican Party of Florida and subsequently posted to the Bill McCollum for Governor website, portrays our officers as a deranged Marine recruit in one clip and as Rambo in another. The ad was a swipe at gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink, criticizing her decision to purchase advanced weaponry for her sworn officers at her agency. More appalling is the fact the Bill McCollum, Florida’s chief law enforcement officer, would condone placing this despicable ad on his campaign website.
In effort to score some cheap political points, Bill McCollum has enraged our officers as well as the entire law enforcement community. His extreme lack of judgment in this matter begs the question “Will Bill McCollum, as Governor, put political gain above officer safety?”
Matt Tyre President
FLPBA State Law Enforcement Officers Chapter
Bill McCollums poll numbers were bad enough before. As the chief law enforcement officer for the state, ridicule of our own police officers certainly won’t help.