Yet another politician that will do the bidding of Bloomberg.
A powerful South Florida state senator who repeatedly sidelined popular gun rights legislation is now benefiting from an ad campaign paid for by Everytown.
Florida State Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, chairs the Senate Criminal Justice Committee and in 2015 refused to hold hearings on a bill to allow legal concealed carry on public colleges and universities. Diaz de la Portilla was also a fly in the ointment when it came to derailing an emergency concealed carry bill the year before and in 2016 was key in killing bills on campus carry and open carry, refusing to even meet with advocates.
Now, locked in a race with State Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami, who is forgoing a re-election bid in an effort to grab Diaz de la Portilla’s seat, the Republican senator is getting an influx of support from gun control groups financed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“Senator Diaz de la Portilla has worked to promote public safety for the past two years,” reads a statement issued by Everytown on Tuesday, announcing an $85,000 ad campaign to support their man in Tallahassee.
“Using his position as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he declined to hear a bill that would have allowed guns on Florida’s many college campuses and another that would have allowed people to openly carry handguns in public,” says the statement. “Prior to reaching these decisions, Senator Diaz de la Portilla listened closely to concerned stakeholders – like campus security, professors and university presidents – from around the state. After careful consideration, he agreed that guns on campus would only heighten the risks already found in colleges and universities, and stopped this dangerous proposal two years in a row.”
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