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Wallace protests 'anointing' of Legg in District 17 state Senate race to replace Norman

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June

Republican state Senate hopeful Rob Wallace issued a statement in protest to endorsements by his party's leadership of state Rep. John Legg, who is also competing for the job. John Korsak, the other Republican in the race to replace Jim Norman, who dropped out of the contest this week, has issued a similar protest.

“The Tallahassee political establishment is attempting to anoint the next Senator from District 17," Wallace said. "The party leadership seems to have forgotten what the primary is all about.  I firmly believe the voters in District 17 will have the last word and we will see if it is the same word spoken by the Tallahassee insiders.  I will represent the voters of District 17, not the Tallahassee insiders or the special interests.”

Incomong House Speaker Will Weatherford announced his endorsement of Legg Monday, a day before Norman dropped out of the race, leaving the Senate after one term. Following Norman's announcement, incoming Senate President Don Gaetz; Sen. Andy Gardiner, who will succeed Gaetz in two years; and Sens. Jack Latvala, Joe Negron and John Thrasher, offered their endorsements. 

Here's Wallace's whole news release:

 

TAMPA -  Former State Representative and candidate for State Senate District 17, Rob Wallace expresses his response to yesterday’s announcement that “Senate Leadership Endorses John Legg”.

“The Tallahassee political establishment is attempting to anoint the next Senator from District 17.  The party leadership seems to have forgotten what the primary is all about.  I firmly believe the voters in District 17 will have the last word and we will see if it is the same word spoken by the Tallahassee insiders.  I will represent the voters of District 17, not the Tallahassee insiders or the special interests.”

“It is beyond belief that they would support Legg who moved into the District 2 weeks ago, after having campaigned for over 18 months in a different Senate District.   Seems Legg recently decided he couldn’t win in District 18, portions of which he represented for 8 years, and now in 2 weeks expects East Pasco and North Hillsborough to welcome him to his new home.”

“I believe the voters will see through this attempt to usher the Tallahassee favored into office.”

Wallace has lived in Hillsborough County since 1954 in the Senate District since 1975.  He is a small business owner and has operated Environmental Engineering Consultants, Inc. since 1979.  He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives and served eight years from 1994 through 2002. When term limits said it was time to go home that's what he did.  He went home and worked on getting his kids through college and reinvigorating his business.  Wallace is not a professional politician, he is a citizen legislator.

The primary Election will be held August 14, 2012.   For more information please visit www.RobWallaceforSenate.com.

 

 

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