Parents of two Parkland shooting victims endorse Philip Levine for governor

By South Florida Sun Sentinel

Democratic governor candidate Philip Levine has been endorsed by the parents of two students killed during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.

Levine on Monday previewed television ads featuring the endorsements from Patricia and Manuel Oliver, the parents of Joaquin Oliver, and Fred Guttenberg, the father of Jaime Guttenberg.

They were among the 17 people killed and 17 wounded at the Feb. 14 massacre at the school.

The two 30-second spots will begin running Tuesday on broadcast TV and cable channels in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach television markets. Levine’s spokesman said it would be a “major” advertising buy in the six figures.

“I cannot protect Joaquin anymore,” Manuel Oliver said in one of the ads. “We are together and were going to keep this fight for the rest of our lives. I really believe that Philip is a doer and he can show it — he’s part of that team that we are looking for. That’s why we’re voting for Philip.”

The ad alternates between Manuel and Patricia Oliver, who asks “every parent” to join them in voting for Levine.

In the ad featuring Guttenberg, he said he’s now dedicated his life to “taking on anyone who won’t do anything about it — the president, the NRA, and the do-nothing politicians. That’s why we need Philip Levine — like me, he not only demanded stronger gun laws, but he marched on Tallahassee to make it happen. Levine’s a doer, not a talker.”

Levine is one of five Democrats seeking the party’s nomination for governor in the Aug. 28 primary.

This article provided by NewsEdge.