A group supporting a wave of first-time candidates for elected office took out a full-page ad in the Sunday edition of the Sun-Sentinel calling on Floridians to run against NRA-backed state lawmakers in 2018.
The Run for Something ad states “The NRA is killing our kids” at the top and then includes an sheet with the names and NRA letter grades of the lawmakers who are so far unopposed in their re-election campaigns.
On the list are Republican Reps. Bryan Avila, Halsey Beshears, Cord Byrd, Travis Cummings, Brad Drake, Dane Eagle, Jason Fischer, Heather Fitzenhagen, Julio Gonzalez, Michael Grant, Stanley McClain, Jose Oliva, Mel Ponder, Jake Raburn, Holly Raschein, Ray Rodrigues, Rick Roth, Chris Sprowls, Cyndi Stevenson and Jayer Williamson.
Also included are Republican Sens. Aaron Bean, Jeff Brandes and Kathleen Passidomo.
“These 24 state legislators are running unopposed this November – and they’re complicit in the gun violence in our community,” the ad reads. “Hold them accountable. Run against them. We will help you.”
Run for Something is a political committee founded by former Hillary Clinton campaign staffer Amanda Litman. The group funds and supports mainly young, progressive candidates for elected offices.
“Donald Trump is president, so throw everything you know about politics out the window. You’re qualified to run for local office – we’re here to help,” the group says on its website.
The ad is below.