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Adam Hasner's not winning over all conservative groups



Adam Hasner has aggressively courted the conservative media and interest groups much like Marco Rubio did so effectively. He's won some hasner_1.jpgsignificant conservative endorsements from Freedom Works to Mark Levin to Erick Erickson. Still, it's clear Hasner is not clicking anywhere near as well as Rubio did.


There was a recent National Review piece on the race that concluded: Most political prognosticators see the race narrowing to LeMieux and Hasner. But it’s unclear who’s the true-blue conservative in the race. Even Rubio himself has declined to endorse a candidate ...

That had to have Hasner's people fuming. Now Hotline on call reports the Club for Growth isn't especially enamored with the field: Sorry, Florida Republicans: Club for Growth President Chris Chocola doesn't see anyone of Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., quality among the current crop of contenders vying for the right to face Sen. Bill Nelson next year.

"There's nobody there right now that we think is at the Rubio level," he said in an interview with Hotline On Call. Former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner has tried to highlight his ties to Rubio and has been striving for conservative support. But Chocola may be more interested in Rep. Allen West; he said the Club would talk to the freshman Congressman if West decided to make the race.

But don't count on the Club getting involved if the candidate isn't right. "You have to have a candidate like a Rubio that warrants making that decision. We don't see anyone that's to the Rubio-caliber candidate," Chocola said.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 18, 2011 8:43pm]


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