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Lukewarm support for Trump among Tampa Bay area congressmen

Support for Donald Trump from Tampa Bay area members of Congress is less than joyous. There are no Clinton supporters in the crowd. But levels of warmth vary.

In no particular order:

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (Palm Harbor)

“The congressman has said he will support the GOP nominee, whomever that may be.” — spokeswoman Macey Sevcik, via email. “He has said that we cannot undermine the will of the people, so he will support the nominee.”

Rep. Vern Buchanan (Sarasota)

“Yes, Vern supports Trump.” — spokeswoman Gretchen Anderson, via email.

Rep. Dennis Ross (Lakeland)

“If nominated as the Republican Presidential candidate, I will support Donald Trump for president. We cannot have another four years of Obama policies emulated through Hilary Clinton, nor can we have the White House controlled by socialist ideologies. I firmly believe a Trump Administration will be filled with Republicans who share my conservative values to defend our Constitution and to accurately represent the voice of the American people.” — Ross statement the Buzz.

Rep. Rich Nugent (Brooksville)

“Trump is the party’s nominee and I’d throw myself off a building before I voted for Clinton. The next president may very well appoint three Supreme Court justices. We know we can’t have Hillary Clinton making those appointments. I just hope that Trump - as the alternative - isn’t selling the American people a bill of goods. I hope he really tries to clarify some of his thoughts and be a true conservative in thought and deed. I think that’s part of what’s giving Speaker Ryan and others pause.” — Nugent statement to the Buzz.

Rep. David Jolly (Indian Shores)

“Rep. Jolly congratulates Mr. Trump on his historic victory in the Republican primary. Mr. Trump has won the support of millions of Floridians and has earned the opportunity to unify and lead the party in providing an alternative vision for the future of the country than that of President Obama and Secretary Clinton." — spokeswoman for his U.S. Senate campaign, via email last week.

Rep. Tom Rooney (Okeechobee)

“Congressman Rooney has always said he would support the Republican nominee for President, and while he hoped that person would be Marco Rubio, this decision was ultimately in the hands of primary voters and they have spoken. Rooney still believes that the best path forward for our country is with a Republican in the White House.” -- spokeswoman Meghan Rodgers, via email

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 12:56pm]


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