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Reaction to Haridopolos' decision to quit Senate race



House Speaker Dean Cannon: “I was proud to support my friend Mike Haridopolos in his bid for the U.S. Senate, and I am equally proud and honored to serve with him as a presiding officer of the Florida Legislature. Together with our Republican colleagues, we worked hard to pass a balanced budget without raising taxes, set aside adequate reserves, reform Medicaid, and to streamline antiquated growth management laws. Our record here in Florida stands in stark contrast to the liberal, tax-and-spend Obama/Reid agenda Bill Nelson continues to support in Washington."

Senate candidate George LeMieux: "Mike Haridopolos is a leader who has worked for years to push a bold vision in the Florida legislature. Mike and I agree that to create good jobs for Floridians we need to reduce our debt and create an environment that nurtures America's entrepreneurial spirit.  I hope Mike's supporters will consider joining me in my fight to retire Bill Nelson and end Harry Reid's reign as Majority Leader."

Senate candidate Craig Miller: "This must have been a difficult decision for Mike and Stephanie. Mike should be applauded for dedicating himself to his current position and continuing to serve the constituents who elected him. While I am certain that those who supported his campaign will be disappointed, I believe they will also respect the tough choice Mike made to put the needs of all Floridians first."

Senate candidate Adam Hasner: "Mike Haridopolos has always been a friend. He made a difficult decision today and I respect him for making it. Jillian and I wish Mike, Stephanie and the entire Haridopolos family the very best. Our campaign remains focused on the important issues facing our country, and the principled, limited-government leadership we need in Washington."

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson: “As I’ve said a bunch of times before, the election is a long ways off. Right now I’m just focused on doing my job. Come Election Day if folks like the job I’ve done, the politics will take care of itself. “

U.S. Rep. Connie Mack: "Mike Haridopoulos would make an excellent United States Senator and I am sad he will not be joining me in Washington, D.C to fight for and defend freedom. I was proud to support him and respect, what I'm sure, was a very difficult decision for him and his family." Mack was asked if he was reconsidering his decision not to run for the seat himself. "Today is not the day for speculation," he said in a statement. "It's time to focus on holding liberal like Bill Nelson accountable for raising our nation's debt limit."

Florida House Majority Leader Carlos Lopez-Cantera: “While I’m sure that Senate President Haridopolos’ decision to drop out of the US Senate race was a difficult one to make, I am extremely thankful that he has rededicated himself to public service and his duties as Senate President. I look forward to working with President Haridopolos and his leadership team this upcoming legislative session as we continue our work to keep Florida on the right path.”

Republican Party of Florida chairman Dave Bitner: "Today, Florida’s Senate President Mike Haridopolos announced he will end his campaign for US Senate to continue his work in the legislature and keep our state on the road to a prosperous future. I commend him for the positive message he brought to his US Senate campaign, and I admire the dedication of Mike and his wife Stephanie to make Florida the best state in the nation."

[Last modified: Monday, July 18, 2011 2:15pm]


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