Out on the Trail: Smith Blasts NRA College Plan

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Florida House candidate Carlos Guillermo Smith expressed his opposition to granting permits for firearms on college campuses.

Speaking to the Dolphin Democrats at the organization’s annual holiday party on Dec. 9, Smith said he “vocally opposes the NRA’s plans to put guns on college campuses.” Smith, a gay Latino man, is seeking to represent district 49 in the Florida House of Representatives – a section of turf that takes in east Orlando and the University of Central Florida.

“If minorities don’t have a seat at the table then we’re kind of on the menu,” Smith told those gathered at the Richardson House in Wilton Manors.

Describing himself as a “progressive, liberal Democrat” Smith said it was key for the Florida Democratic Party to contest all house seats, including district 93, a seat currently occupied by Representative George Moraitis.

In Moraitis’ case, Smith had a few choice words for the Fort Lauderdale Republican.

“George Moraitis has gone out of his way to endorse and sponsor anti-LGBT legislation,” said Smith, who serves as governmental affairs manager for the civil rights organization Equality Florida. “We need to recruit a strong Democrat to run against him (Moraitis) to present an authentic progressive voice.”

In the audience was the last man to run against Moraitis, Republican-turned-Democrat Scott Herman. Herman, a gay disabled U.S. Army combat veteran, is campaigning for an open seat on the Oakland Park City Commission. Also attending the Dolphins party were Wilton Manors Mayor Gary Resnick, Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Dean Trantalis, Wilton Manors Commissioner Justin Flippen, Broward Clerk of Courts candidate and former Democratic Party Chairman Mitch Caesar and Willie Jones, a retired BSO sergeant campaigning for Broward Sheriff.

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