The Pride Fund to End Gun Violence supported U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy two years ago, and they’re backing her again in her re-election bid for Florida’s 7th Congressional District.
The Pride Fund a political committee that “supports candidates who will act on sensible gun policy reforms while championing LGBTQ safety and equality.” The highlighted Murphy’s sponsorship of the “Gun Violence Research Act,” which would remove hurdles prohibiting the Department of Health and Human Services from using federal dollars research gun violence.
“Since her election in 2016, Congresswoman Murphy has been one of the most outspoken leaders in Congress on the issue of gun violence,” said Pride Fund founder Jason Lindsay. “Pride Fund was pivotal in Murphy’s 2016 race, ousting an NRA puppet who accepted blood money following the murder of 49 Americans at Pulse nightclub.
“Murphy’s race was Pride Fund’s top target in the 2016 cycle, and now she’s bringing commonsense solutions to address America’s epidemic of gun violence and is getting bipartisan support. We knew she was the fresh leadership we needed in Congress and that she would honor the memory of the Pulse victims by fighting for change in the Capitol.”
The Pride Fund’s recertification of its endorsement comes a couple weeks after Murphy earned the backing of two major labor unions, AFSCME and the Central Florida AFL-CIO.
“I am inspired by the grassroots history of the Pride Fund — survivors of the Pulse shooting and victims’ families coming together to end gun violence and promote LGBTQ equality,” Murphy said.
“Our government’s inability to address gun violence is one of the main reasons I ran for Congress, and my victory would not have been possible without the endorsement and support from the Pride Fund. I am honored to once again earn their support as we keep fighting for LGBTQ equality and commonsense gun safety reforms that reduce gun violence and save lives,” she continued.
Murphy is being challenged by Chardo Richardson in the Aug. 28 Democratic primary. If she wins that contest, she will take on the winner of the Republican primary between state Rep. Mike Miller, businessman Scott Sturgill and Vennia Francois.
CD 7 covers most of Seminole County and a portion of Orange County that includes downtown Orlando. The seat was one of a handful to become friendlier to Democrats after Florida courts approved new congressional maps in late 2015.
University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato‘s “Crystal Ball” currently lists CD 7 as “likely Democratic” in the fall. Even with the Democratic advantage, CD 7 is the biggest target for a Republican flip among Florida’s 27 Congressional districts.