As he turns his re-election campaign to public safety issues this week, Gov. Rick Scott has announced endorsements from 40 of Florida 66’s elected county sheriffs.
From the Tampa area, the endorsers include David Gee of Hillsborough, Bob Gualtieri of Pinellas, Chris Nocco of Pasco and Grady Judd of Polk, all Republicans. In a news release Tuesday, Judd was named chairman of the “Sheriffs for Scott” coalition.
The campaign noted the group is bipartisan. The list includes five Democrats, all from small, rural counties, and two sheriffs with no-party affiliation.
Besides the Tampa area sheriffs, the only other sheriff representing a large, urban county on the list is John Rutherford of Duval. The list includes sheriffs of some smaller urban counties including Sarasota, Naples and Manatee.
The announcement comes as Scott’s campaign is sending him on a “Let’s Keep Florida Safe” tour, which debuted in Tampa Monday.
Miami-Dade is the only one of Florida’s 67 counties with an appointed sheriff.