Burgin gets endorsement from Mitt Romney and jabs from primary opponent
Rachel Burgin has received an endorsement from former Massachusetts governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in her run for re-election to the state House District 56 seat. In a news release from the Burgin camp, Romney said Burgin "exemplifies the fiscal and social conservative principles needed to tackle vital issues facing Florida and our nation. She has not only demonstrated the kind of leadership needed to build a stronger Florida, but has a strong record of showing fiscal constraint and standing by conservative values. Rachel understands that it is business and not government that creates new jobs."
Burgin will face dentist Marc Johnson in the primary election. Johnson said he decided to run because he didn't like that a handful of Republican insiders picked Burgin to run in the 2008 election when incumbent Trey Traviesa withdrew from the race at the last minute. At the Bell Shoals candidate forum this week, Johnson criticized Burgin for sponsoring only one bill that actually became law during her time in office. Burgin shot back that successful or unsuccessful, she has supported legislation that she believes in. She called attention to her involvement in the bill that would require women seeking an abortion to receive and view ultrasound results. That bill was vetoed by Gov. Crist.
Johnson has been arguing that Burgin refuses to debate him. But Burgin said she would be happy to take him on in a public, Republican forum.
Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer