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Florida GOP Candidate Tells Parkland Father To Stop ‘Exploiting’ His Daughter’s Death

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Florida GOP Candidate Tells Parkland Father To Stop ‘Exploiting’ His Daughter’s Death




Javier Manjarres, a Republican running for office in Florida’s 22nd Congressional District, accused Fred Guttenberg of “exploiting” the death of his daughter Jaime Guttenberg in the Parkland school shooting.

Manjarres told Guttenberg on Twitter that his 14-year-old daughter, one of the 17 people killed inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February, was “shot by some lunatic who had an AR-15, not by the gun itself.”

“C’mon Fred. I can’t only imagine the pain you are feeling over the loss of your daughter, but stop exploiting her death in the name of some political agenda,” Manjarres tweeted at Fred Guttenberg. “Your daughter was shot by some lunatic who had an AR-15, not by the gun itself. #Fixit #VoteJavi.”

Manjarres was responding to a tweet from Guttenberg that ripped National Rifle Association (NRA) spokeswoman Dana Loesch for an Independence Day tweet calling for Budweiser beer, rifles and fireworks.

Guttenberg told Manjarres that gun safety is his main priority following the murder of his daughter.

“If you call honesty around gun safety exploitation, then you clearly have a political agenda,” he wrote.




“By the way, my daughhter [sic] had a name and it was Jaime. Next week she would have turned 15 but because some lunatic had access to this weapon, my daughter will be forever 14,” Guttenberg added.

Guttenberg said he would do anything in his power to prevent Manjarres from winning his congressional race.

“You have had your own issues with gun safety. I will do everything I possibly can to make sure you do not sniff the halls of Congress,” he tweeted. “And please, do not mention my daughter again.”

The Hill adds:

Guttenberg later linked to a March 2016 article from Florida’s Sun Sentinel newspaper, which described how Manjarres — then just a South Florida–based conservative blogger — was arrested and charged in connection with the attempted murder of his sister’s boyfriend. 

Manjarres allegedly left the man with a broken nose and bullet holes in his pickup truck, according to a police report.

The charges were dropped a month later after the Palm Beach County Circuit Court assistant state attorney declined to prosecute the case, the newspaper reported. 




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