The Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism

Swastikas painted on Philip Levine’s campaign signs in St. Petersburg

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St. Petersburg, FL –  A final day of campaigning before Tuesday’s primary was marred in St. Petersburg by reports of antisemitic vandalism aimed at former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who Jewish and is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.

According Max Flugrath, a campaign spokesman for Levine, campaign signs were vandalized with swastika symbols at the southeast corner of 66th St. N and Tyrone Boulevard, outside Bond Diamonds, which is now defunct.

“As Governor, I will never be held hostage to hatred, or bigotry, or intolerance,” Levine said in a statement. “Never. All candidates should speak out against this intolerable behavior. We are better than the haters, bigger than the bigots, and tomorrow we will show them why.”