David Shapiro’s son has long rap sheet and a history of racist comments - Florida Politics

David Shapiro’s son has long rap sheet and a history of racist comments

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The adult son of David Shapiro, the Democratic nominee in Florida’s 16th congressional district, has made several overtly racist, sexist, and xenophobic comments on his social media accounts — including using the “n” word and expressing hatred for non-English speakers.

Since his father launched his campaign to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, 28-year-old Adam Shapiro has been on the front lines, with his involvement ranging from introducing his old man at the campaign’s Manatee County kickoff to blasting off campaign fundraising emails under his own name.

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Florida Politics reached out to the Shapiro campaign to discuss Adam Shapiro’s involvement but did not receive a response.

Professionally, Adam works as an attorney in the firm his father co-founded, Shapiro Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh. Though his specialties include numerous types of motor vehicle cases — everything from representing drunken driving victims to those injured in trucking accidents — he has a robust rap sheet of reckless rides.

His register of moving violations ranges from the mundane, such as not having his driver license or proof of insurance on hand during traffic stops, to the troubling. In 2012, Shapiro was cited for driving with an open container and in 2014 he crashed his car while fumbling with his cell phone, causing property damage and injury.

For someone who makes his living representing clients in court, the most recent time he ran afoul of the law is the most maladroit of them all: Just last year he was ticketed for driving on a suspended license and went as far as requesting a trial before wasting the officer’s and the court’s time by pulling a no-call-no-show at his own hearing.

A lawyer who can’t be trusted behind the wheel is one thing. Shapiro’s social media history, however, is simply sickening.

Among the veritable flotilla of Facebook faux pas are posts where he uses the term “wigger” — a malapropos portmanteau to describe white people who “act black” — as well as other words that require far less linguistic analysis. Take this 2010 post where he fittingly exhibits the caricatured behavior attributed to the derogatory word referenced above:

Adam Shapiro n-word

Adam, whose level of white privilege would seemingly register on a Geiger counter, would probably point out that he didn’t use a “hard R” in that post — a critical distinction for the truly unremorseful. For the few who would buy that, there’s also a post where he showcases an alarming insensitivity to sexual assault.

Adam Shapiro sexual assault

Having a blasé attitude toward rape was cringe worthy before it was beaten to death by tween video gamers. It was vicariously embarrassing when hack comedian Dane Cook resorted to it after failing to evolve from his best tight five a decade ago.

But the hits keep coming. There’s a diatribe where Shapiro expresses hatred for non-English speakers and another where it’s unclear whether his intent was to belittle the LGBTQ community or to broadcast an earnest proposition via an entirely inappropriate medium.

Adam Shapiro xenophobia

Adam Shapiro LGBTQ

Brush all those aside. That’s a tall order, to be sure, but there’s one scrawl by Adam Shapiro that when viewed without the distraction of his juvenile foibles could perhaps cause the most strife between him and his would-be Congressman father. And it’s only two words long.

Adam Shapiro F--- Sarasota

Gee, Adam. Tell us how you really feel.

After the publication of this story, Adam Shapiro released a statement apologizing for his past remarks and said he would no longer play a role in his father’s campaign.

“I offer my sincere apologies for the offensive comments I made. Clearly, I had a lot of maturing to do and these thoughtless Facebook posts do not reflect who I truly am, or the lessons of discipline, respect, and kindness that my parents worked to instill in me,” he said. “To ensure that the things I wrote are not a distraction from my father’s campaign, I am stepping away and will no longer play a role in this race.”

David Shapiro also sent a statement condemning his son’s past behavior and calling for Buchanan to debate him on the issues facing CD 16 rather than focusing on family issues.

“As a parent, I’ve never accepted that kind of language in my home and I’m disappointed that Adam, in his youth, would make such offensive comments online. I know that those comments do not reflect the man he is today. But let me be clear, Vern Buchanan’s personal attacks on my family are disgusting. Vern has shown he will do absolutely anything to stay in power but this is a new low,” Shapiro said.

“He would rather capitalize on a serious matter that should remain between my kids, my wife and me, than to answer for his own lack of ethics and horrible voting record in Congress. Vern should debate me on the issues affecting our community instead of stooping to the shameful tactics he and his party are known for,” he concluded.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including Florida Politics and Orlando Rising and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Schorsch is also publisher of INFLUENCE Magazine. For several years, Peter's blog was ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

5 Comments

  1. This author comes off as a complete fraud and a total hack, so that’s what I’m going with. If we are going to continue to allow #FakeNews bottom feeders like this guy run amok without every being checked, journalism will die faster than Brian Williams’ helicopter crash in Iraq.

    Also, do some research, you hack journalist fraud: that “racist” use of the N-word? A rap lyric, not his personal opinion. Oh, but wait, that “robust” record of reckless driving– that’s definitely the nail in the coffin. The author is so clearly under qualified to write for the National Enquirer, but that appears to be his dream job… talk about fake news, and this is all coming from a registered Republican.

    Politics in 2018 is in this shitty state BECAUSE of fake news “writers” like you.

  2. It’s embarassing that a so called publisher and political consultant would feel good about himself bashing social media comments and driving record of a strong candidates son. Fighting dirty with Buchanan must be the new tactic because of the fear of losing his seat in Congress. This article does nothing but make you feel sorry about the person who wrote it, and his family who must deal with a weasel-like mentality on a daily basis.

  3. This is pathetic! Low down & just untasteful of you for publishing this nonsense Peter. Obviously you’re a Republican with horrible grammar. We need to be focused on the REAL issues & not on what a kid said at the age of 18! Shame on you!! Go suck Buchanan’s balls.

  4. Someone with as many publishing accomplishments as yourself should have better taste in news content. Reevaluate your moral standpoint and report on something with actual value to the issues on hand in this race. This article proves that unless you start doing your research and posing accurate and relevant information, this is as far as your writing career will ever go. I think nothing less of Adam or David Shapiro, just less of you and your shoddy “journalistic” work.

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