Having already run a radio ad featuring NBA legend Ray Allen, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Philip Levine launched another spot featuring a superstar basketball player as Shaquille O’Neal went to the line for the former Miami Beach mayor.
O’Neal, who started his NBA career with the Orlando Magic and helped the Miami Heat win their first championship, cut a radio ad for Levine which was released on Tuesday. With a five figure budget, the ad is being run across the Sunshine State.
“You know, I’ve met a lot of people in my life—but there’s something really special about this guy from Florida who’s never been afraid to step up for others when the game of life is on the line, his name is Philip Levine,” O’Neal said. “He’s running for governor to get families hope, with better paying jobs and children better schools that inspire them to be their best. That’s why I’m all in for Philip Levine.”
“Mayor Levine is committed to stepping up and delivering results for families throughout our state, and he has a record of action and accomplishment that back up his bold agenda to move Florida forward,” said prominent Democrat activist Christian Ulvert who is serving as a senior advisor to the campaign.
With two months to go until the primary, some polls show Levine ahead of the pack but around half of Florida Democrats remain undecided. Levine faces Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Fla., billionaire Jeff Greene and businessman Chris King in the primary at the end of August.
Kevin Derby can be reached at Kevin.Derby@floridadaily.com.