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David Shapiro responds after report of son posting offensive, racist comments on social media

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The Democratic nominee in Florida's 16th Congressional District, David Shapiro, is issuing an apology after his son's offensive social media comments surfaced from 2010. 

David's son, Adam Shapiro, has announced he will not be involved with his father's campaign anymore, after Florida Politics reported that he made racist comments on Facebook in 2010. 

According to the report from Florida Politics, Adam Shapiro, 28, has been heavily involved in his father's campaign. Florida Politics found several Facebook posts from 2010 when Adam was in college that are offensive and crude. 

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Report: David Shapiro's son has history of racist comments on social media

A screenshot from Adam Shapiro's Facebook page from a post he made on January 5, 2010. 

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Report: David Shapiro's son has history of racist comments on social media

A screenshot from Adam Shapiro's Facebook page from December 23, 2010. 

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Report: David Shapiro's son has history of racist comments on social media

A screenshot from Adam Shapiro's Facebook page from December 29, 2010. 

David Shapiro issued an apology after Florida Politics reported the statements in the article.

“I’ve never accepted that kind of language in my home and I’m disappointed that Adam, even in his youth, would make such offensive comments online,” David Shapiro said in a statement.

Adam Shapiro also apologized in a statement, saying, "I offer my sincere apologies for the offensive comments I made. Clearly, I had a lot of maturing to do and these thoughtless Facebook posts do not reflect who I truly am, or the lessons of discipline, respect, and kindness that my parents worked to instill in me. To ensure that the things I wrote are not a distraction from my father’s campaign, I am stepping away and will no longer play a role in this race."

David Shapiro is running against incumbent Congressman Vern Buchanan. We reached out to Vern Buchanan's campaign manager for a statement on the Florida Politics article. "We read the article this morning like everyone else and have no comment," said Max Goodman, Buchanan's Campaign Manager. 

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