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Equality Florida pledges $25k to elect Jason Pizzo, savages incumbent Daphne Campbell

Jason Pizzo has already earned the endorsement of Equality Florida in his race to boot state Sen. Daphne Campbell from her Senate District 38 seat.

Now, the Equality Florida Action PAC is promising $25,000 in support of Pizzo’s election.

The PAC plans to spend the money on a “program to turn out pro-equality voters in Miami-Dade County” to support Pizzo’s Democratic primary challenge.

SD 38 covers portions of Miami-Dade County including Miami Beach and North Miami.

“Equality Florida’s primary program in Senate District 38 will focus on roughly ten thousand pro-equality voters and will include mail, phone calls and mobilizing LGBTQ community support,” read the group’s release.

That mailer includes a side-by-side of the candidates positions on LGBT rights, arguing that Pizzo would better represent the community on these issues.

“Jason Pizzo is exactly the kind of pro-equality leader we need and deserve in Tallahassee,” said Stratton Pollitzer, chair of the PAC.

Pollitzer also had harsh words for Campbell, criticizing her record on LGBTQ rights: “Unlike his opponent, Jason has pledged to fight for statewide LGBTQ non-discrimination protections and to guard against any attack on marriage equality.”

The group savaged Campbell over her past votes. The PAC highlighted her vote supporting a GOP-backed abortion bill in 2011, along with her opposition to a repeal of Florida’s ban on gay adoption in 2015.

“We are going to use every resource we have to make sure voters in this district know that we have a clear choice between a pro-equality champion like Jason Pizzo and an anti-LGBTQ extremist,” Pollitzer added.

Pizzo and Campbell are the only candidates running in SD 38. The district’s primary vote will take place on Aug. 28.

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Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to ryan.t.nicol@gmail.com.

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