Republican Attorney General candidate Ashley Moody has accomplished something that’s rare in today’s hyper-partisan politics – winning the support of 90 percent of Florida’s sheriffs – both Democrats and Republicans. A group of those sheriffs are featured in a new Moody TV commercial and tout their bipartisan support of the former circuit judge.
Besides showing support for Moody, the sheriffs also go after Democrat Sean Shaw, accusing him of not being “honorable or honest.”
Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco: I’m a Republican.
Dixie County Sheriff Dewey Hatcher: And I’m a Democrat.
Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels: But we’re all Sheriffs.
Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma: And we all support Ashley Moody for Attorney General.
Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco: Florida’s Attorney General fights crime and enforces the law.
Dixie County Sheriff Dewey Hatcher: Moody’s done both.
Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma: Sean Shaw’s done neither.
Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco: Sean Shaw isn’t being honest or honorable.
Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels: He’s falsely attacking Ashley Moody and he backed softer sentencing for a cop killer. He shouldn’t be top cop.
Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco: It’s not politics. It’s common sense.
Narrator: Republican and Democratic sheriffs agree – Ashley Moody for Attorney General
The sheriffs’ attack on Shaw comes after he released his own ad slamming Moody on health care and guns. Some of Shaw’s criticism is directed at outgoing Attorney General Pam Bondi, who has endorsed Moody as her replacement.
Moody has hit Shaw on his lack of courtroom experience as an attorney. Shaw, an insurance lawyer and current state representative, has never tried a criminal case. Moody is a former federal prosecutor and state circuit judge.
Moody leads Shaw in the most recent public polls.