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AIF endorses Rubio for Senate



Tallahassee-based business group Associated Industries of Florida is endorsing Marco Rubio's re-election bid for the U.S. Senate.

"Marco has led rational efforts to reassert American principles of freedom and representative government throughout the globe," Tom Feeney, president and CEO of AIF said in a statement. "At home, he has fought to protect job growth by fighting onerous draconian regulatory mandates from the executive branch, and has championed pro-growth tax policies. Senator Rubio has long fought for prosperity in Florida, and Florida needs his leadership in the U.S. Senate."

It's not a surprising move as other business groups have backed Rubio previously, and AIF has a history of endorsing conservative candidates. As a member of the Florida House, AIF gave at least $1,500 to his re-election, not including other political committees the group controls.

Feeney appointed Rubio as majority whip of the Florida House in 2000, Rubio's first term in the Legislature. Feeney was speaker at the time.

Rubio faces Bradenton developer Caros Beruff in the Aug. 30 primary election.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 11, 2016 2:28pm]


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