UPDATED 11:15 a.m.: Not to be outdone by Dan Gelber's endorsement announcement below, his rival Dave Aronberg added Congressman Ron Klein to his camp. "His legislative record embodies the commitment to public safety and consumer advocacy that we must demand of Florida’s next attorney general," Klein said.
Miami State Sen. Dan Gelber hauled in the biggest endorsement so far in the competitive Democratic primary for Attorney General as Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Friday her support for his campaign.
In a letter to Gelber's supporters, the Weston Democrat and DNC vice-chairwoman said he "has the experience the job demands."
"I know you want Florida to finally obtain the change that has eluded it," Wasserman Schultz's fundraising letter states. "Dan's experience, passion and integrity is precisely what we need."
Gelber and his primary opponent, state Sen. Dave Aronberg of Greenacres, have touted the endorsements of various county sheriff's in recent weeks, but few high-ranking Democrats are taking sides in the race.Gelber and Wasserman Schultz, however, go back to their days in the Florida House together.
To read the full memo, check below.
Subject: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz endorsement announcement
From: Dan Gelber
I am pleased and proud to announce the endorsement of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz for my campaign for Attorney General.
I am so honored by this endorsement because Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz has dedicated her public life to working on behalf of the people of Florida. She has worked hard to lower health care costs, improve the quality of education, protect Social Security and Medicare, and provide a sensible homeland security plan to protect our citizens from the ongoing threat of terror. Make no mistake, if there is a fight to protect citizens who need a voice, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is there.
As a national leader in the Democratic Party, Rep. Wasserman Schultz has been a tenacious advocate and leading voice for every day people. As your next Attorney General, I will bring the same passion and drive to Tallahassee.
Too many Floridians have been silenced by Tallahassee leaders, and it is time to fight for public education and protect our vulnerable citizens from economic abuse and exploitation. And we must achieve meaningful reform to our state's Health Care system.
This election is too critical to sit on the sidelines, and I am proud to have my friend, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz stand by me as we work together to bring a new direction to our great state.
Subject: Standing with Dan Gelber?
From: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Today I endorsed Dan Gelber to be our next Attorney General.
When Dan Gelber came to the Florida Legislature we quickly knew he was the real deal. A battle-tested federal prosecutor, he immediately proved himself a person of uncommon passion and integrity. Dan and I have stood, shoulder to shoulder, fighting back some of the most regressive policies the right wing could throw at us. Elected by his colleagues to be their Democratic Leader, Dan has never backed away from a fight, and never compromised our principles.
Dan has the experience the job demands - he's prosecuted every type of criminal, managed hundreds of lawyers and investigators, and is rated as one of Florida and America's best attorneys. And while he has shown toughness, he has also shown compassion - Dan has been a life-time volunteer in the Big Brothers program.
Like me, I know you want Florida to finally obtain the change that has eluded it. Dan's experience, passion and integrity is precisely what we need. Friends, we really need to get this one right.
My choice for Attorney General is Dan Gelber. That is why I am asking you to support Dan as well. Go to www.DanGelber.com make a contribution and show your support today.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz