Move over HD 74, the GOP primary for HD 15 is quickly becoming the most contentious legislative race in the state.
In a press release, HD 15 hopeful is accusing opponent Jay Fant of misleading voters by falsely claiming endorsements he does not have. In a video released by the Florida Times-Union, Fant falsely stated that he has received endorsements from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the National Right to Life. The video interview was posted on Friday on the Times-Union website as part of an editorial page blog.
In the video, at approximately :09 – :10, Fant states that he has been “endorsed by the NRA and the Florida Right to Life” in the race for House District 15. This statement is categorically false and is in violation of state campaign laws says Renner’s camp.
The Florida Times-Union has since edited the online video cutting out Fant’s false comments, but the original clip can be viewed here.
Fant, like Paul Renner, received an ‘A’ rating from these organizations, but did NOT receive their official endorsement.
“Neither the NRA or Unified Sportsman of Florida has endorsed anyone in the race for House District 15,” said Marion Hammer, past president of the NRA and executive director of the Unified Sportsmen of Florida.
“Unfortunately, you cannot un-ring the bell in today’s world of online media, and there is no telling how many people Mr. Fant has actually made these false claims to throughout the district,” said Sarah Bascom, spokesperson for Renner’s campaign.