Washington, DC, October 10, 2017 – Pride Fund to End Gun Violence PAC – America’s only national LGBTQ political organization focused solely on gun violence prevention – announced today its endorsement of David Richardson in Florida’s 27th Congressional District. Pride Fund endorsed Richardson for his commitment to championing LGBTQ equality and support of commonsense gun safety reforms.
“David is running for Congress because he knows we need to finally end senseless gun violence - not ignore it,” said Jason Lindsay, Pride Fund Executive Director. “Last week’s mass shooting in Las Vegas brought gun violence to the forefront of the conversation on the national level yet again, but David has been leading this conversation in Florida’s State House for years. We’re excited to get involved in this race early because we’re confident David will be a leader on both commonsense gun reforms and LGBTQ equality in the United States House of Representatives, just as he has been at the state level.”
“No other industrialized nation in the world has the same problem with gun violence that we face in the United States,” said Richardson. “In the wake of last week's horrific shooting in Las Vegas, it's time for us to come together and put in place sensible gun violence prevention measures once and for all. In Congress, I'll fight tooth-and-nail for reforms like closing the gun show loophole, an assault weapons ban, and restricting access to high-capacity magazines and certain accessories like bump stocks. No more excuses, no more innocent lives lost -- now is the time to act.”
David Richardson is the first-elected openly gay state legislator in the history of Florida, making him uniquely aware of the challenges LGBTQ people face every day. He has been able to work across party lines to ensure that the LGBTQ community is protected under law. Pride Fund is proud to support David in his campaign for the United States House of Representatives.
Florida’s 27th Congressional District is the number one pickup opportunity in the U.S. House of Representatives for Democrats this cycle. Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who has held the seat since 1989, announced in April that she would not seek re-election. Richardson starts with a strong base as his State House district is entirely within Congressional District 27, a district which Hillary Clinton won by 20 percentage points.
David Richardson is the kind of leader we need, who won’t prioritize the special interests of the gun lobby over the safety of the American people