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Bob Poe releases another gun control TV ad in CD 10 race

Democrat Bob Poe is taking on guns again, in his fourth television commercial released in his campaign to be elected in Florida’s 10th Congressional District.

The new 30-second spot, “91” shows Poe standing before a grandstand full of people, talking about gun violence and the need for Congress to “get real” about getting guns off streets.

Poe makes reference to the June 12 massacre at Orlando’s popular gay nightclub, Pulse, but seeks to make the point that it’s not the only tragedy in Orlando relating to guns.

“Today 91 people will die from gunshots,” Poe begins. “Pulse was a horror. A senseless tragedy, yet something needs to be said. In too many parts of our community, people wake to gunfire every night. But nobody seems to care. That ends now.”

Poe faces former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings, state Sen. Geraldine Thompson and lawyer Fatima Rita Fahmy in the Aug. 30 Democratic primary for CD 10. The winner will face Republican nominee Thuy Lowe in November.

This is Poe’s second television commercial directly addressing guns. It’s part of a $1 million television campaign the businessman and former Florida Democratic Party chair has launched in the stretch-drive of the primary campaign.

“It’s time for Congress to get real, real gun control, guns off our streets,” Poe continues in the new commercial. “Because the fight to save lives starts here.”

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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