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Florida House Speaker Crisafulli endorses Lopez-Cantera for Senate



Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli on Tuesday endorsed Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera for U.S. Senate.

"We need action, not more empty promises," Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, said in a statement. "Working with Carlos over the years, I have been able to see first-hand his focused leadership. Carlos has a fire and drive that is greatly needed in Washington."

The two men served simultaneously in the state House from 2008 to 2012.

Crisafulli joins other elected Republicans, including Attorney General Pam Bondi and a number of state lawmakers. Neither Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam nor Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater have made an endorsement, and Gov. Rick Scott -- who has ties to both Lopez-Cantera and Manatee County homebuidler Carlos Beruff in the race -- hasn't weighed in.

Congressmen David Jolly and Ron DeSantis and businessman Todd Wilcox are also running in the race.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 9:50am]


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