Winter Park businessman Chris King, the only Democratic candidate for governor aside from Philip Levine to advertise on TV so far, is airing a second ad in Palm Beach County and other Florida markets that invokes the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre and this year’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting to call for tougher gun control measures.
King doesn’t allude to any of his Democratic primary rivals, instead taking aim at two targets loathed by Democratic primary voters: Republican Gov. Rick Scott and the National Rifle Association.
“Two years ago, 49 people were murdered at Pulse nightclub –– and Rick Scott and the Legislature did nothing,” King says in the 30-second spot. “Then tragedy hit Parkland. But this time, a movement of young people refuses to accept the unacceptable.”
King, a first-time candidate who last week told a Palm Beach County audience he represents “a new politics,” continues: “I want to shake up the old politics. I’ll stand up to the NRA and hold both parties accountable –– to ban assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, and require background checks on all gun sales. I’m Chris King and I’m running for governor. Join us.”
King’s campaign spent $1 million on his initial ad. His campaign described this one as “part of an open-ended significant ad buy.” In addition to the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast market, it will air the Gainesville, Jacksonville, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne and Panama City markets.