TALLAHASSEE, FL- Florida voters today learned that gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is accepting fundraising help from failed Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

“Floridians need a governor who will protect them from failed government officials like Sheriff Israel, not someone who asks them for money,” said Meredith Beatrice, Communications Director for the Republican Party of Florida. “Andrew Gillum’s association with Sheriff Israel shows Florida voters that his legacy of corruption will continue unless he is stopped. Ron DeSantis is the only gubernatorial candidate who will hold Sheriff Israel accountable and put public safety, and the safety of our students, above political donations.”

Sheriff Scott Israel helping Andrew Gillum governor campaign raise money

Sun Sentinel

By Anthony Man

September 17, 2018

Sheriff Scott Israel, who’s been laying low politically in recent months, is among a who’s who of Broward Democrats coming together to help raise money for their party’s gubernatorial nominee, Andrew Gillum.

Israel is among 22 county and city elected officials who are hosting a Friday fundraising breakfast for Gillum in Fort Lauderdale.

It marks a notable return to political activity for Israel, who is midway through his second term.

In the past, he was a prominent figure at political events in the county. In the 2016 election season, for example, he was often at campaign events for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Israel was running for re-election at the time.

Israel has become highly controversial in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre on Feb. 14.

Despite his boast in a CNN interview that “I have given amazing leadership to this agency,” critics have faulted the Sheriff’s Office, which was in charge of protecting the Parkland school. They argue the agency didn’t do a good job in handling repeated calls involving the shooter beforehand and didn’t do a good job on the day of the shooting. A state commission is examining those and other issues.

Democrats have generally withheld judgment about Israel, while many Florida Republicans have said the county’s Democratic sheriff should be removed from office. Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis has said he’d have suspended Israel if he’d been governor at the time of the massacre.

Israel is the best-known name on the invitation for the Friday fundraiser that features 31 people who are prominent in Broward politics — including some who were outspoken supporters of candidates other than Gillum in the Democratic primary.

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