The race to replace Nikki Fried as Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner is a perplexing one for LGBT voters. 

Naomi Esther Blemur won the Democratic nomination last week for the cabinet-level position despite revelations she cultivated anti-LGBT remarks on Facebook. 

“We’re now going to see how the @FlaDems handle their state-wide nominee for Ag Commissioner being a supporter of conversion therapy and anti-choice,” tweeted Adam Christensen, a Gainesville-based political operative. “What a completely preventable cluster.”

Christensen, who had campaigned for Ag Commissioner only to be disqualified for not meeting the required 30-year-old age limit, brought Blemur’s social media activity to light. 

Screenshots showed Blemur decrying abortion as a “sin,” sharing “ex-gay” videos and defending a homophobic church sermon by minister Kim Burrell.

The posts have been deleted, but resulted in rescinded endorsements by Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Sens. Annette Taddeo and Shevrin Jones. Jones, Florida’s first gay Black Senator, said he found the posts unsettling and counter to his record. 

North Miami Councilman Scott Galvin told SFGN he is aware of the controversy, but has never heard Blemur make any anti-LGBT comments. Blemur issued a statement claiming she has always been pro-choice and remains an LGBT ally.

Blemur won the Dems’ nomination by 20 percentage points and now faces Senate President Wilton Simpson, a Republican, in November’s general election. The Ag Commissioner seat became open when Fried sought the Dems’ nomination for governor, ultimately losing to Charlie Crist.


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