Hard-hitting direct mail, and revelations of taxpayer funded contracts awarded to her company at her lovers behest are upending Fry’s once promising campaign.
By Jacob Engels
The campaign of Yvonne Fry, once considered the undisputed front runner for a seat in the Florida house, has hit some major bumps on the road to election day, this upcoming Tuesday in House District 58.
Fry’s opponent, Lawrence McClure, a conservative underdog candidate, began with a volley of direct mail indicating a record of liberal, less than conservative, actions with Fry’s record.
In the past week, several prominent organizations have weighed in that have titled the race toward a McClure victory.
Ax the Tax, the dynamo statewide anti-tax organization, announced its opposition to Fry primarily focusing on her support of the failed light rail tax proposal that Ax the Tax helped voters in Hillsborough defeat several years ago.
Following Ax, the Tax’s hard-hitting expose’, the states most prominent group of pro-Confederate and veteran concerns, Save Southern Heritage Florida, weighed in with a voter survey that showed McClure on the record as supporting all the group’s political, community and legislative priorities.
“McClure is on record as supporting veterans and their memorials to their service and Fry failed to respond despite repeated attempts to get her views,” stated David McCallister, Director of the organization.
Save Southern Heritage Florida has been credited with numerous efforts to save the State’s Confederate and Veterans memorials, in pitched battles throughout the state, opposite Black Lives Matter and Antifa efforts to remove veteran’s memorials.
Following the direct mail barrage, came news reports that a company that Fry owns has benefited from hundreds of thousands of dollars from various governmental entities, including her ‘significant other – the former State Attorney, Mark Ober, who was defeated for re-election in the 2016 general election.
Ober and Fry have shared a relationship for over ten years, and Ober apparently had directed a $30,000 contract to Fry’s company, in addition to recommending Fry to other public officials close to Fry, the Tampa Bay Times has reported.
Fry has denied that Ober had any official involvement in the half a dozen government contracts that Fry’s company had obtained, and that all Ober may have done is provide letters or recommendations to other elected officials based on Fry’s company performance.
Ax the Tax’s chairman Doug Guetzloe commented, “Balderdash. When the heavy boot of the State Attorney makes a recommendation, everyone knows to get in line or else,” Guetzloe concluded.
After a brisk effort, backed by a host of elected officials and major organizations, Fry appears to have lost the head of steam initially displayed and is now headed to a rough election effort on Tuesday.
Jacob Engels is an Orlando based journalist whose work has been featured and republished in news outlets around the globe including Politico, InfoWars, MSNBC, Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Daily Mail UK, Associated Press, People Magazine, ABC, and Fox News to name a few. Mr. Engels focuses on stories that other news outlets neglect or willingly hide to curry favor among the political and business special interests in the state of Florida.