In response to election complaints, Rep. Shawn Harrison says he was given permission to use Tampa Firefighters’ logo

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Responding to an earlier post on this blog about a series of election complaints filed against him, Representative Shawn Harrison says he was given permission to use the logo of the Tampa Firefighters, but stopped using it after he learned of the union’s endorsement of his opponent.

“You have our permission to use our union logo prior to our official endorsement as we are ins support of Amendment 9,” reads a July 1 email from Jace Kohan of the Tampa Firefighters Local 754.

That official endorsement of Harrison’s opponent, Democrat Mark Danish, was made public when Danish posted it on his campaign website.

“I have been in five elections and always had the firefighters’ endorsement,” said Rep. Harrison. “Needless to say I was stunned when I was not even interviewed by them and found out about their “official” endorsement on my opponent’s website on September 5.”

Harrison says that after he learned on September 5 of the firefighters’ support of Danish he spent the following week trying to clarify what permission he had or did not have.

“The firefighters never revoked my permission to use their logo,” insisted Rep. Harrison. “However, in an abundance of caution, we voluntarily stopped using it about two weeks ago.”

The advertising cited in the complaint filed by Hillsborough County resident Sam Perrone predates the official endorsement, Harrison said.

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