Former Vice-President Joe Biden is backing Tampa state Rep. Sean Shaw in the race for Florida Attorney General.
Biden called Shaw “a fighter, with a proven track record of standing up for the little guy and taking on corporate interests.”
Shaw is running in an extremely competitive contest against Republican Ashley Moody, a former Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge.
Biden cited Shaw’s time working as a state legislator and as a Florida’s Consumer Advocate for former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink as evidence that Shaw “has fought to improve the lives of his constituents.”
A recent poll by the Florida Chamber of Commerce showed that Shaw narrowly leads Moody, 35 percent to 33 percent, with 20 percent of voters undecided. A St. Pete Polls survey from last month, however, showed Moody leading 46 percent to 44 percent.
Shaw said on Tuesday that he was honored to get the backing of the former Vice President.
“Much like Vice President Biden did during his time in the White House, I plan to give issues surrounding common-sense gun reform and tackling sexual assault the focus and attention that they deserve,” Shaw said, adding that “the grace with which Vice President Biden has carried himself, through both triumph and tragedy, is a lesson in the resilience of the human spirit.”
Biden has endorsed dozens of Democrats running in federal and state races during this election cycle, as he keeps himself prominently in the news while he contemplates running for president in 2020. A CNN poll of over 1,000 voters released Sunday shows him the early front runner for the nomination, with 33 percent supporting him. That was 20 points higher than the second ranking Democrat, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who was at 13 percent. Biden has said he’ll publicly decide his presidential ambitions by January.