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Miami billionaire backs David Jolly for U.S. Senate



A Miami billionaire political donor has made his pick for Florida's contested Republican U.S. Senate race.

Health-care magnate Mike Fernandez threw his support Friday behind U.S. Rep. David Jolly of Indian Shores, praising legislation Jolly proposed earlier this week to ban members of Congress from personally soliciting campaign contributions. Fernandez's backing will likely give Jolly a big financial boost in a primary where the congressman faces several other serious candidates.

Fernandez, who has been one of Jeb Bush's biggest political backers in the presidential race, has broken traditional South Florida GOP ranks and endorsed President Obama's policy toward Cuba.

Here's Fernandez's endorsement of Jolly, as provided by Jolly's campaign:

As an immigrant who came to this country over 50 years ago, I learned that hard work and core-values will allow you to succeed in this great country. I will never be able to repay this great country for what is has given me and provided for my family, but if I can leave this country better than when I came here I consider that success. In order to leave this country better than it is today, we must have the proven leaders who are courageous enough to lead this great country and to act upon their morals and principles. I cannot think of a better proven leader with better morals and principles than David Jolly. He is a guy who is unafraid to speak his mind and call things like he sees it. His recent STOP Act proposal to get Congress working again is a prime example of that. We need more people who have the guts to shake things up in Washington.

[Last modified: Friday, January 22, 2016 3:34pm]


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