Equality Florida Action PAC Endorses Andrew Korge
For Immediate Release, Thursday, April 21st, 2016
Contact: Stratton Pollitzer, Chair, Equality Florida Action PAC, 954-682-6094, [email protected]
MIAMI - Today Equality Florida Action PAC announced its endorsement of Democrat Andrew Korge for State Senate district 39 which is expected to be one of the most hotly contested legislative races of 2016.
“This a race where the contrast is crystal clear,” said Stratton Pollitzer, Chair of Equality Florida Action PAC. “For ten years Anitere Flores has opposed LGBT equality at every turn and she has led an extremist crusade against reproductive rights. Andrew Korge is a pro-equality champion who would bring a fresh and desperately needed perspective to our state capital.”
A third generation Miamian, Andrew Korge is committed to equality and has a strong progressive vision for our state. He is fully committed to banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity throughout Florida and would fight to block the types of dangerous anti-lgbt laws sweeping through other southern states. Korge strongly believes in fighting income inequality, protecting the middle class, providing assistance to the elderly and those in poverty, providing a top notch public education, and protecting Florida’s beautiful environment.
Anitere Flores has never co-sponsored or supported any pro-equality legislation. In 2015, she was one of just 11 state senators who voted against the bill to repeal Florida's shameful adoption ban from statute. Although the law had been declared unconstitutional in 2010, the discriminatory language, a remnant of Anita Bryant’s anti-gay hate crusade of the 1970’s, had remained on the books. Flores has long opposed marriage equality and endorsed the 2008 ballot measure to ban same-sex marriage in Florida. She has been one of the leading voices in attacking a woman's right to choose and this year helped to pass a dangerous bill designed shut down abortion providers with extreme and unnecessary new regulatory requirements.
Senate district 39 is considered a key matchup among Florida’s newly redrawn State Senate districts. Once solidly republican, district 39 now leans Democratic and voted for President Obama in 2012.
“We consider sending a strong progressive like Andrew Korge to Tallahassee critical to bringing balance back to our state government. Right wing extremists like Anitere Flores are out of step with Florida voters and need to go,” Pollitzer said.
Equality Florida Action PAC is the state’s premier political committee dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.