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Pride Fund endorses Hillary Clinton

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The Pride Fund to End Gun Violence – a political action committee created as a response to Orlando’s Pulse nightclub massacre – announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president Tuesday and a Pride Fund leader would meet with her in Tampa.

Pride Fund Executive Director Jason Lindsay will meet with Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, during her Tampa stop.

After the gay-hating, ISIS-pledging madman Omar Mateen shot up Orlando’s popular gay nightclub Pulse on June 12, killing 49 and wounding 53, the political committee was created to push gun reform laws and LGBT protection, specifically by endorsing federal candidates who support both.

“We are endorsing Hillary Clinton for the presidency because her record on gun policy and LGBT rights reflect the will of the American people, not the gun lobby,” Lindsay stated in a Pride Fund news release. “Hillary Clinton has committed to achieving clear policy reforms, like putting comprehensive background checks in place and closing loopholes that put guns in the hands of violent criminals and terrorists.”

Pride Fund officials also blasted Republican president nominee Donald Trump.

“Clinton’s opponent has espoused the most regressive, anti-LGBT platform in modern American history,” said Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan, a member of Pride Fund’s Board of Advisors, in a news release. “Florida voters are tired of hateful rhetoric that seeks to restrict the rights of LGBT citizens while allowing violent criminals and terrorists to have access to firearms. Clinton has vowed to close the ‘Charleston loophole’ which allows anyone to purchase a firearm after three days, even if their background check has not been completed. This is the kind of common sense legislation that Pride Fund supports.”

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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