Email Insights: Three endorsements help Richard DeNapoli “fight the smears”

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First responders and job creators have given Republican candidate Richard DeNapoli some welcome news as he “fights the smears” in the race for House District 74.

In an email to supporters, the Nokomis Republican announced endorsements from a trio of key groups — the Fraternal Order of Police, District 3, Suncoast Professional Firefighters and Paramedics and the Associated Builders and Contractors, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter.

These organizations represent the men and women who risk their lives daily to protect citizens of South Sarasota County, as well as DeNapoli, his wife, son and baby on the way.

Such endorsements come as a welcome relief in an increasingly contentious and bitter campaign battle — marked by personal smears and underhandedness, such as photos taken by opponents from the bushes of DeNapoli’s home.

This also proves one essential truth —that no matter how much an opponent uses negativity and smears to tear down candidate like DeNapoli, staying on message about issues and defending values will always prevail.

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