The four way race to win the Democratic nomination to replace term-limited Florida Governor Rick Scott has amped up in recent weeks with Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and former Congresswoman Gwen Graham bumping heads.
Now, Chris King is fighting back against his three opponents, which includes former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and saying that he is the only candidate from either party that outright opposes the death penalty.
He explained that, should he be elected the next Governor of the sunshine state, he would not sign any death warrants and he would use his line item veto to block any appropriations for executions.
In a statement, Winter Park businessman King detailed that “We’re disappointed that every other Democrat running for governor supports the continued application of the death penalty in Florida despite Florida’s alarming rate of wrongful convictions and the overwhelming evidence of racial bias in its application. The other candidates’ positions are based in political calculus and we need to move beyond the failed politics that puts perceived electoral gain ahead of doing what we know is right. We’re betting voters are looking for new leadership that is willing to take action on what we know to be right instead of paying it lip service.”