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Another hometown pol is backing Ashley Moody for A.G.; this time its Sheriff David Gee

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The campaign for newly announced Republican Attorney General candidate Ashley Moody announced Thursday that Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee is backing her candidacy.

“Ashley Moody’s career is one of service to her community and the rule of law,” Gee said in a statement. “Her experience as a federal prosecutor and a circuit court judge have demonstrated an unyielding passion to keep our community safe and strengthen our criminal justice system. As our next Attorney General, I have no doubt she will serve with distinction and honor and be an Attorney General that keeps our state safe.

Gee recently announced that he will step down as sheriff in September, ending his 40-year career in law enforcement.

His endorsement comes just a couple of days after five Republican members of the Hillsborough County Commission announced their support for Moody. Attorney General Pam Bondi is also backing Moody, who stepped down as a Hillsborough County Circuit Court judge earlier this year after a 10-year stint.

“I’ve had the pleasure to work with the men and women of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for many years,” Moody said. “Their professionalism and commitment to public safety is embodied in their Sheriff who has made a career out of keeping our community safe.  I am thankful for his endorsement of my campaign and for his friendship.”

Jacksonville state Representative Jay Fant is the only other declared Republican in the race to succeed Bondi.


Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at [email protected]

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