The father of a student who was shot and killed during the Parkland massacre was appointed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, to the state Board of Education on Friday, WSVN-TV reported.
Andrew Pollack, 52, has appeared with Scott — who successfully ran for the U.S. Senate in November — at official government events and political gatherings, the Sun Sentinel reported. Pollack was also featured in a television ad for Scott’s campaign and was in attendance when Scott announced his Senate candidacy in April.
“We developed a relationship over the last 10 months and he knows what I’m capable of doing,” Pollack told the newspaper.
He has also met with President Donald Trump and powerful Republican politicians. Last year, Pollack celebrated Hanukkah with Trump at the White House.
Pollack became an outspoken advocate for school safety after his daughter, Meadow, 18, was shot nine times during the mass killing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. She was found lying on top of the body of Cara Loughran, a 14-year-old freshman, as if she was trying to protect her. The gunman later admitted to killing 17 and wounding 17 more.- READ MORE