Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Commercial Threatens Olliff's FOP Backing

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Commercial Threatens Olliff's FOP Backing

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Retired Circuit Judge R. Hudson Olliff's latest radio

commercial may cost him his only major endorsement in his

campaign for state attorney.

The executive board of Jacksonville's Fraternal Order of Police

is scheduled to meet today to discuss its endorsement and

consider a recommendation to withdraw it.

FOP President Gary Evans says it's "a mild understatement" to

say police are upset with Olliff's latest commercial. In it, the

campaign says an "arrogance of power" led to the shooting and

prosecution of truck driver Michael Scarborough.

Jacksonville police officer David Mahn shot Scarborough five

times in January, saying he did so in self defense after the

truck driver attacked him with a hammer. A Jacksonville jury

cleared Scarborough of charges that he attacked the officer, but

police still say the shooting was justified.

Scarborough thinks otherwise, and he speaks out in Olliff's

commercial.

"Even though I was shot and lamed for life, State Attorney

Harry Shorstein prosecuted me, the victim. It could happen to

you," he says in the commercial.

The announcer urges people to "vote against malicious and

political prosecution. Vote for victims rights. Elect Hudson

Olliff state attorney."

Evans said he'll ask the FOP's 19-member executive board to

withdraw the police endorsement of Olliff, an unprecedented

action for the FOP.

Evans said Olliff told him yesterday that he would stop running

the commercial. The FOP executive board will consider that

action, if taken.

"We've never withdrawn an endorsement," Evans said.

Olliff got the endorsement by vote of the general membership,

which went against a recommendation by the union's political

action committee. The PAC said the union should endorse

Shorstein. …

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