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The Florida Governor hopeful Andrew Gillum criticized parkland victim’s father for the support of Sheriff Israel

The father of a Parkland school shooting victim slammed democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum for the support of controversial Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

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The father of a Parkland school shooting victim criticizing the democratic gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Gillum for the support of controversial Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

Israel has been widely shootings criticized for his handling of the events surrounding the tragic mass at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, in which 17 people were killed. Andrew Pollack’s daughter, Meadow, was among the victims.

Israel is one of several local officials hosting a fundraising Breakfast for Gillum, Tallahassee mayor, this weekend, The Sun-Sentinel reported.

“It is absolutely scandalous that Andrew Gillum would campaign with Sheriff Israel. Gillum is siding with Sheriff Israel about the interests of our students and citizens, our schools and communities less safe,” Pollack said in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times. “We may have to be made for the election of [the GOP nominee] Ron DeSantis so people like Sheriff Israel responsible and removed from office.”

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In a tweet about the fundraiser, Pollack, Israel called it a “disgrace sheriff, is partly responsible for the death of my daughter.”

The people of Broward need to and votes @RonDeSantisFL.

The nefarious sheriff, is partly responsible for the death of my daughter is out on a campaign for Andrew Gillum.

Desantis keep a failed ‘leader’, how to draw Israel to account. #FixIthttps://t. co/tA75c4rVC7

— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) September 17, 2018

DeSantis, a former Congressman, said he would have suspended Israel.

A progressive, Gillum has often announced his plan for stricter gun laws, if the Governor elected. On his campaign website, he has promised, “never back down from common-sense solutions to our streets, parks and schools safe from gun violence.”

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Pollack has been very vocal about his opposition to Gillum on social media

“The choice of [Gillum] as Governor would be the worst mistake in the history of Florida,” Pollack said in a tweet.

Choice @AndrewGillum as Governor would be the worst mistake in the history of Florida.

How many thousands of people fled from Cuba to Florida? (Many died)

Now Gillum wants to bring socialism to Florida.

He also supports Sheriff Scott Israel disgraced. #FixIt

— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) September 20, 2018

“A friend of the pathetic Sheriff Israel is an enemy of me,” he said in another link to a Tampa Bay Times article about Israel’s support of Gillum. Pollack added the hashtag “#FixIt.”

A friend of the pathetic Sheriff Scott Israel, is a enemy of mine.#FixIthttps://t. co/HXa0ShZr34

— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) September 20, 2018

Gillum is also connected with an ongoing FBI investigation of corruption in Tallahassee, which he has led since 2014. Gillum emphasized that he is the focus of the investigation and has denied any wrongdoing.

Fox News has the race between DeSantis and Gillum is a tossup.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

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