Chip LaMarca “Cowardly and AWOL”


Wednesday, 2/28/18
Contact: Brendan Olsen, (508) 272-2892

Emma Collum: Chip LaMarca “Cowardly and AWOL” For Failure to Vote on Commonsense Gun Laws

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Today, Democratic candidate for HD-93 Emma Collum released the following statement on the alleged technological glitches preventing Commissioner Chip LaMarca from voting on two measures related to gun violence prevention during yesterday’s meeting of the Broward County Commission:

"Commissioner LaMarca’s ridiculous claims of technology failure at two critical moments during the commission meeting are shameless. I refuse to blame Boost Mobile for Commissioner LaMarca’s failure to vote. I blame him and him alone. I blame a lack of courage in standing up to the gun lobby on behalf of the citizens of our community. As the rest of the commission voted unanimously to do the right thing, LaMarca went AWOL and did nothing to make our community safer – or to do right by the victims of the unspeakable tragedy in Parkland. For two weeks, the survivors of that shooting have been crying out for an assault weapons ban and they deserve to be heard. Yesterday, Commissioner LaMarca had the opportunity to heed their calls and be a leader on this issue. Instead, he disappeared. It was a cowardly act and our community deserves better than the commissioner’s lame excuses and abdication of duty. To think that he is now asking voters to send him to the State House, where his only job will be to cast votes, is beyond comprehension.”

LaMarca, who joined the meeting by phone, claimed that phone problems prevented him from casting his vote on two items before the commission. The first, Item 67, was a resolution urging the Florida Legislature and the federal government to take immediate action on the implementation of commonsense gun laws, including but not limited to an assault weapons ban and a ban on modifiers such as bump stocks. The resolution also provided supplemental funding for school-based mental health programs. The second, Item 69, was a motion instructing the county attorney to explore the possibility of banning gun shows on county property as well as prohibiting individuals from bringing firearms onto county property. Both measures passed 8-0, without LaMarca’s support. LaMarca’s phone trouble was not an issue when he voted to support two less controversial measures also on the commission’s agenda.

Collum and LaMarca are contending to replace Republican Rep. George Moraitis in District 93 of the Florida House of Representatives. Collum is an attorney and an original organizer of the Women’s March. LaMarca is the lone Republican currently serving on the Broward County Commission. The general election to replace Moraitis is slated to take place on November 6th, 2018 and is seen as a prime pick-up opportunity for Democrats.

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