The campaign of Republican attorney general nominee Ashley Moody released its first ad of the general election Monday morning. The spot focuses on Moody’s experience as a federal prosecutor and as a circuit court judge, while pointing out her opponent, Democratic state Rep. Sean Shaw, has never prosecuted a case.
Details of the ad buy were not released, but the campaign calls the buy “significant.” The spot begins with Moody on camera.
“Drug violence. The opioid epidemic. Human trafficking. Florida’s Attorney General handles thousands of cases.,” Moody says. “The job needs a prosecutor, not a politician. I’m Ashley Moody and as a prosecutor I took criminals down.
“As a judge, I locked them up,” she goes on to say. “That’s why nearly 90 percent of Florida Sheriffs support me. While my opponent, Sean Shaw, never prosecuted a case. His first one shouldn’t be as Attorney General.”
Moody and Shaw, both from Hillsborough County, are each the offspring of respected judges. Moody is the daughter of James Moody Jr., a federal judge in the district that includes Central Florida. Shaw is the son of the late Leander Shaw, the first African American chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court.
In addition to being backed by most of Florida’s sheriffs, Moody was most recently endorsed by the Florida Chamber of Commerce on Friday. In making the announcement, the Florida Chamber said Moody possesses the qualities needed to ensure the safety of Florida’s residents and communities.
Moody has also been endorsed by current Attorney General Pam Bondi, who must step down at the beginning of the year due to term limits. Bondi’s endorsement came early in the primary election process.
In the past week, Shaw has picked up the endorsements of some of the state’s largest newspapers, including the Miami Herald and the Palm Beach Post.