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Allan Bense endorses Tom Lee for state senate

Tom Lee continues to trounce Rachel Burgin in the battle for significant endorsement for their state senate race. Former House Speaker Bense:

“I served as Speaker of the Florida House for two years while Tom served as Senate President alongside Governor Jeb Bush. In those years, Tom Lee led the Senate with the honesty, virtue and character that Floridians should expect – and too rarely get – from legislative leaders.

“We look to Washington today and we see dysfunction reign supreme. Dysfunction that is driven by a Congress whose leaders do not respect each other enough to seek common ground. That same dysfunction has played out time and again among politicians who refuse to put egos aside and work together as a team to accomplish great things.

“I never had that problem when working with Tom Lee, because Tom is a determined leader and a fellow businessman who knows that leadership is about solving problems, not talking about them.

“With Tom Lee, I was honored to lead with a man who never let politics or pettiness stop a good conservative idea from becoming a reality. He worked as hard for my effort to end joint-and-several liability as he worked for his own priorities. That’s the mark of a truly great partner in leadership. And in Tom Lee, I was blessed to have that kind of a partner, and to have accomplished great things with him.

“We need more of that kind of leadership in Tallahassee, and that’s why I proudly endorse Tom to represent Hillsborough County once again in the Senate.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 11:41am]


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