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State Sen. Rob Bradley, Rep. Travis Cummings endorse Ron DeSantis for governor

The two state lawmakers are part of a small handful who have broken with many in Tallahassee to support DeSantis.
Published Aug. 8, 2018|Updated Aug. 8, 2018

On the day of the final Republican debate, Congressman Ron DeSantis snagged endorsements from two Republican state lawmakers.

State Sen. Rob Bradley and Rep. Travis Cummings, both from Orange Park, sent out their endorsement statements Monday. Orange Park is just outside of Jacksonville, which is near DeSantis's coastal Congressional district south of the city.

"I'm proud to endorse Ron DeSantis for Governor of Florida," Bradley said in the statement. "He's an Iraq veteran with a solid conservative record and the support of our President. He's demonstrated a fierce commitment to principle in Congress and he will bring the same values to Tallahassee."

Asked if he would speak at DeSantis rallies or help fundraise, Bradley responded that he is "on board to provide whatever help is needed."

Cummings echoed similar sentiments, also noting that DeSantis has the "backing of the President" and "will be a real leader for our state who will be a champion for conservative causes that will help Florida thrive."

Bradley is the current budget chair for the state Senate, a powerful position because of its influence over the state's purse strings. And Cummings is also in the running to be the House's budget chair for the upcoming session.

The pair joins incoming state House Speaker Jose Oliva in their support for DeSantis. Oliva surprised many Tallahassee politicos when he broke ranks to endorse DeSantis in late June.

The majority of the state's elected officials support DeSantis's opponent, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, who was first elected to the statehouse when he was 22 and has spent years developing relationships with local and state officials.

READ MORE: Five things to watch in the final Republican gubernatorial primary debate


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