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Back in the day, he was moderate Adam Hasner

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Adam Hasner is working hard to cast his chief Republican rivals, George LeMieux and Mike Haridopolos, ashasner. too moderate or liberal for Republican primary voters. His campaign cites Florida Senate President Haridopolos' inability to get tougher anti-immigration laws passed this year, and LeMieux's record of standing behind Charlie Crist when the former governor embraced cap and trade policies.

So it's interesting to read some of the press clips about Hasner earlier in his career. This was back in the day when Hasner touting his hybrid vehicle,  and his efforts to push electric car tax incentives and legislation to address climate change and prepare for cap and trade, and before he started venting about Sharia law:

"Hasner described himself as a moderate Republican who opposed expanding the state's private-school voucher program until greater accountability measures are added,'' the Sun-Sentinel wrote in November, 2004.

"Hasner cited votes in support of stem cell research and judicial bypass language in a parental notification bill and votes against a bill to expand the voucher program to families of active and retired military officers as proof he is a moderate Republican.... He also would support a review of the state's tax exemptions by the nonpartisan group, Florida Tax Watch," the Sun-Sentinel reported in October, 2004.

Hasner "has become a moderate voice in the Florida House and fit in well with his more conservative Republican colleagues," that paper's editorial board said the next day in endorsing Hasner.

"A rising star with moderate leanings and leadership hopes," was the paper's description in May 2004.

Rick Wilson, a senior Hasner adviser scoffed that anyone might try to attack Hasner with the dreaded "moderate" label.

"This has never been a a guy who ran as a moderate and certainly not a guy who governed as a moderate. His voting record is that of a limited government conservative,'' said Wilson, accusing the George LeMieux campaign of trying tarnish Hasner with the moderate label to Republicans in Washington. "This stuff is coming from George LeMieux who waged a 10-year war against conservatives."

The moderate descriptions largely disappear as Hasner's profile rose and he became a sharp partisan and House Majority leader, though in 2007 the Christian Coalition spanked Hasner (and Haridopolos) with F grades. That was a year with multiple gambling votes, and Hasner and Haridopolos voted multiple times to expand gaming.

 

[Last modified: Thursday, June 9, 2011 6:09pm]

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