Leon County Sheriff candidate Walt McNeil has released a hard hitting TV advertisement which is sure to generate controversy on a number of fronts. The ad is entitled “Number One.”
In the press release accompanying a link to the video, shown below, McNeil references the latest crime statistics and states, “This cannot become our new normal. Someone has to fight for Leon County and literally protect us. Rick Scott’s appointed sheriff isn’t doing the job, the numbers prove it.”
The latest ad mentions the All American City award recently won by the City of Tallahassee and then a gun shot rings out and an ominous voice speaks about the recent crime-rate information released by FDLE.
McNeil continues to make the argument that Sheriff Mike Wood is responsible for a rising crime-rate even though the data shows that the increase is due to incidents occurring in the City of Tallahassee.
In addition, trends show crime was increasing in the City of Tallahassee before Wood was appointed Sheriff.
At recent political forum’s Sheriff Wood has said that the rising crime rate is “unacceptable” and has talked about new Sheriff’s Office initiatives that include a mentoring program for school children and an anti-gang effort.
Despite these points, McNeil argues, as Sheriff, he would provide more leadership and step-up cooperation among law enforcement entities.