In June 2010, Tampa police officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab were shot and killed by Dontae Morris, who now faces the death penalty for his actions. In Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober’s new ad, Kelly Curtis-Stout, Officer Curtis’ widow, explains why she’s one victim who’s standing for Ober in his re-election campaign.
“During the darkest days of my life, Mark Ober stood with me, fought for me, protected me,” Curtis-Stout says in the ad.” He has tremendous compassion for victims. I can tell you that, because he’s proven that to me.”
Ober’s Democratic opponent, Andrew Warren, has advanced the argument during his campaign that Ober is not compassionate towards victims, specifically highlighting the case of a female teen who was involved in a sexual abuse case with an adult across state lines. The victim and the victim’s mother issued their own statements last month, criticizing Ober for his office’s handling of that case.
The Ober campaign included a link to the ad in a new fundraising email, in which they once again accuse Warren of “lying and twisting the facts and the truth.”
“He is supported by out-of-town special interests funneling tens of thousands of dollars to help his campaign,” the statement adds.