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Ginny Brown-Waite endorses Marco Rubio over Charlie Crist



U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite today endorsed Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate, snubbing Gov. Charlie Crist, her fellow Tampa Bay area Republican and former colleague in the state Senate.

"Originally, I had not planned to endorse in this race, but as the challenges facing our nation and Florida grow more severe, times demand someone willing to make hard choices,'' the Brooksville Republican said. "Washington needs leaders with solid conservative beliefs and the courage to do the right thing. Marco Rubio does not try to be all things to all people. Like me, what you see is what you get. Marco Rubio is the consistent, principled conservative we need to provide a check and balance on the Obama-Reid agenda."

Crist has the support of most of the Republican establishment, though Brown-Waite is the third member of Congress to endorse the heavy underdog in the race. U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Chumuckla, also has endorsed Rubio, as has Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:18pm]


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