The Florida Democratic Party is going after Republican Scott Franklin, a candidate for Florida’s 15th Congressional District, over campaign events this weekend in which he was indoors in close proximity to voters without wearing a mask.
With President Donald Trump recovering from COVID-19 at the White House after a positive diagnosis last week, the criticism is indicative of a renewed campaign strategy for Democrats that attempts to paint conservatives as dismissive of the virus’ effects and complacent in employing preventative measures.
Photos posted to Franklin’s campaign Facebook page show Franklin shoulder to shoulder with Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, in two separate photos, as well as in very close proximity to others in a Plant City restaurant.
“Scott Franklin is failing to deliver the leadership Florida needs during this once-in-a-century pandemic — he is disregarding the public health guidance and scientific evidence on what we need to do to stop the spread of the virus,” said FDP Spokeswoman, Alexandra Caffrey “It is the height of recklessness, but it’s not surprising coming from an individual who has dismissed the threat of the Coronavirus from the very beginning. Franklin falsely claimed masks “do more harm than