Erie County Democratic chairman addresses concerns over Facebook content from county sheriff candidate

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Facebook posts from years ago seem to be playing a part in the Democratic race for Erie County Sheriff.

Anthony Sanflippo, a Democratic candidate for sheriff, is dealing with the blowback from old Facebook posts that are being described as racist, while others seemingly sow doubt on his support of the Democratic party.

Among those posts are a like for an anti black lives matter post as well as likes and posts for an anti Obama and anti Clinton post.

According to Democratic Party Chairman Jim Wertz, after meeting with both candidates and discussing the issue, he decided to back Chris Campanelli in the race.

“Candidates who don’t understand or don’t respect the platform and the values of the Democratic party don’t have a future with the Democratic party,” said Jim Wertz, Erie County Democratic Party Chairman.

Sanflippo released a statement which reads in part:

“I want to apologize to anyone who may have been offended by what they have seen on my Facebook page. I pledge to do better. I believe that leadership starts at the top.  If I am elected to be Erie County’s next Sheriff, I will hold the department to the highest professional standards.  I pledge to improve community relations from day one, to have transparency in all aspects in the Sheriff’s Office and to increase training for deputies in order to meet these goals.  I pledge all of these things and more, because our community deserves nothing less, especially those members of our community who historically have not been treated equally.”

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