Crossing the aisle: Democratic sheriffs endorse GOP’s Ashley Moody for A.G.

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In the bare-knuckled GOP primary race for Attorney General, former Hillsborough Circuit Judge Ashley Moody played up law enforcement backing to distinguish herself from opponents.

Now the nominee, Moody continues to bank law enforcement endorsements — including from the other side of the aisle.

Moody’s campaign rolled out a list Thursday of 14 more sheriffs endorsing her, including eight Democrats from rural counties, bringing her total to 57. Florida has 67 counties.

The Democrats:

— Glades County’s David Hardin

— Dixie’s Dewey Hatcher

— Lafayette’s Brian Lamb

— DeSoto’s James Potter

— Hamilton’s J. Harrell Reid

— Jackson’s Louis Roberts III

— Suwannee’s Sam St. John

— Liberty’s Eddie Joe White

Democratic endorsements suggest that Moody will draw votes from Blue Dog Democrats as well as Republicans in her race against the Democratic nominee, state Rep. Sean Shaw of Tampa.

Of all the Cabinet candidates, Moody seems to be the one best-positioned to overcome a potential Blue Wave. The latest survey by St. Pete’s Polls shows Moody up two points over Shaw, a 46-44 margin.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski

One comment

  • Ray Tampa

    October 1, 2018 at 11:14 am

    This is a stupid, feel good article for Ashley Moody. You have eight county sheriffs whose combined populations total about 189,000. In two or three of those counties you might have many more possums than people. Heck, for the purpose of comparison, Pinellas County alone has about 950,000 people.

    Again and again, who gives a damn about sheriff endorsements. If their support for Adam Putnam provides any indication, the answer is – nobody.

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