SPRING HILL, Fla. – Today, Gus Bilirakis, who is seeking re-election in Florida’s 12th Congressional District, which covers all of Citrus and Hernando counties and parts of Pasco County, received a strong endorsement from Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast.
“I strongly endorse the re-election of Congressman Gus Bilirakis to serve as our Member of Congress, and I urge you to become involved in his re-election efforts as well as to vote for him during the 2022 election cycle. I had the pleasure of working alongside Congressman Bilirakis when I served as the Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs,” said Sheriff Prendergast.
“His support to our veterans and their families is one of his many hallmarks of relentless efforts to serve his constituents. His unwavering passion for supporting all of our nation’s heroes- both Veterans and First Responders-has always been evident and clearly reflected in his record of tireless servant leadership. A staunch supporter of law enforcement, I know without a doubt that he has our backs in Washington, D.C. Recently recognized as the Most Effective Republican Lawmaker in the State of Florida, there are none better than Gus Bilirakis to serve our needs. As our Congressman, I am confident he will do everything in his power to represent Citrus County’s residents and our interests in Washington, D.C.,” said Sheriff Prendergast.
Bilirakis also has the endorsement of President Donald J. Trump, Congressman Jim Jordan, Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson, and several key state and local leaders, including Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco and Hernando Sheriff Al Nienhuis.
“Sheriff Prendergast has done a phenomenal job leading our brave men and women in uniform as they work to keep Citrus County safe, and I am honored to have his support,” said Gus Bilirakis. “Democrats’ failed social justice experiment of defunding police, letting criminals go unpunished, and engaging in anti-law enforcement rhetoric has yielded deadly consequences for Americans. There has been a dramatic spike in crime throughout the nation, with more police officers killed in the line of duty in 2021 than in any year since 1995. This is what happens when you portray the brave men and women who risk their lives to keep our communities safe as the villain.”
“I agree with the majority of Americans that we will decrease crime by supporting law enforcement- not by infringing on law-abiding citizens’ rights. My pro-law enforcement record backs up those beliefs. I have a long history of supporting record increases for law enforcement programs, pushing social media companies to work with law enforcement to better protect children, and improving emergency communication systems. I have worked with federal, state and local law enforcement on a variety of critical issues including: securing the border, strengthening cybersecurity protections, stopping human trafficking, tackling addiction and mental health reform, and supporting programs to help victims of crime. I have also partnered with the law enforcement community to deliver educational programs to help seniors and vulnerable populations from becoming a victim,” Bilirakis said.
“Additionally, I’ve sponsored legislation to increase school resource officers and ensure law enforcement officers have the tools they need. I look forward to working closely with Sheriff Prendergast as I continue fighting for these important causes. And, I will always back the Blue,” Bilirakis concluded.