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Florida trouble for Marco Rubio: Old supporters back Ted Cruz



In a sign of how Marco Rubio has antagonized some of once enthusiastic supporters in Florida, a diverse group of conservative activists in Florida today is com ing out in support of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. These are not household names in Florida, but the following list includes prominent names in the activist and conservative fundraising circuts - quite a few former supporters of Rubio and of Mitt Romney:

"With great respect for the strong bench of Republican Presidential candidates, Ted Cruz's record stands alone as the authentic conservative on issues of fiscal restraint, national security, foreign policy, religious liberty, illegal immigration, promise to eradicate Common Core as well as the U.S. Department of Education, repeal Obamacare, institute a flat tax and a pro-growth economic platform, uphold the Second Amendment and protect innocent human life, which is why we support Senator Cruz. He is the only candidate we can trust to keep his promises.

"With the recent death of heroic Constitutional Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia, Ted Cruz is the battled tested conservative to make the right appointments on the courts to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution, protect our Constitutional liberties and our national sovereignty.

"The following individuals are endorsing in their personal capacity:"

Jacksonville businessman Mac McGehee, former State Co-Chair of the finance team of Marco Rubio for U.S  Senate, is backing Senator Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential primary. McGehee was also a member of the state finance team for Mitt Romney for President  '08 and '12 and ambassador of Romney's Social Conservatives for NEFL 2012, as well as state finance team for Gov. Rick Scott and former Florida governor, Jeb Bush.

Other supporters for Senator Ted Cruz active in Florida politics or their communities and churches include:

W. W. Gay, Sr. (Jacksonville) businessman, W.W. Gay Mechanical

Bill Gay, Jr. (Jacksonville) businessman, W.W. Gay Mechanical

Wayne Williford, (Jacksonville) businessman, J.B. Coxwell Contracting

C Brightman Skinner, (Jacksonville) businessman

Randy Skinner, (Jacksonville) businessman

Bennett Brown, (Jacksonville), President, American Enterprise Bank

Steve Vining, (Jacksonville) businessman

Jim Darling, (Jacksonville) businessmen

Bob Triglia, (Jacksonville) businessman

Connie Turner - (Jacksonville) Interior Designer, Republican activist.

Debra Vining, Duval County REC, Christian Family Chapel, Community Impact Committee.

Janet McDonald, (St. Augustine), Flagler County REC and Flagler County School Board Member.

Maureen and Joe Kubasky (Flagler County) Republican Catholic Activists.

Andrew Shirvell- Flagler County REC.

Dr. Karen Effrem, (Port Charlotte) pediatrician, Executive Director  and Co-Founder of Florida Stop Common Core.

Debbie Higginbothum, (Jacksonville) NEFL Coordinator, Florida Stop Common Core.

Nancy Peek McGowan, (Jacksonville), Catholic grassroots activist, Romney for President State Finance team '08 and '12, State Co-Chair- Social Conservatives and Women for Mitt Romney '08 and '12, State Finance team Rubio for Senate '10, Duval County REC, former Vice President of Republican Women of Duval Federated and President of the Conservative Republican Forum of Jacksonville.

Sharon Light, Duval County REC member, member - Florida Federation of Republican Women, and member of the National Federation of Republican Women.

Meredith Mears, (Tallahasee), parental advocate and anti-Common Core activist.

Rolando Perez, (Jacksonville)  long time Constitutional activist and member, the Duval County REC.

Lourdes Castillo de La Pena, (Miami), Former Florida Commissioner on the Status of Women, Miami Dade REC, conservative Republican activist and state finance team, Mitt Romney for President 2012, Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate 2010 and supporter of former FL Governor, Jeb Bush.

Rosa Pena, (Miami) Miami Tea Party, USA

Robert Allen, esq (Miami), businessman, former supporter of Gov. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate.

Manny Roman, (Miami), member, Miami Dade County REC, currently serving as Vice Chairman.

Alex and Diana Novoa (Miami)

Willy Guardiola, (Palm Beach) -, conservative activists for religious freedom, "Christian on a Mission,"  Palm Beach County.

Juan Torres, M.D. (Orlando), Liberty Activist.

Rick Hartley, (Jacksonville), former State Committeeman, Duval County REC, former Chairman of the Republican Party of Duval County,  NEFL - Catholics for Mitt Romney for President 2012, and Knights of Columbus, Diocese of St. Augustine.

Pam Jackson- (Jacksonville) Vice Chairman of the Florida First Coast Tea Party and member of the Duval County Republican Executive Committee.

Michael Jackson, (Jacksonville), Former Vice Chairman of the Duval County Republican Executive Committee and member of the First Coast Tea Party, Leadership Council.

Leanne King (Jacksonville) former Director, Florida First Coast Tea Party.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 6:49pm]


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