Endorsement Watch

Approaching the August 28 primary election means plenty of endorsements are rolling out from various groups.

Here’s a round-up of this week’s endorsements:

Ron DeSantis – Republican candidate for Governor – A political action committee backed by Charles Koch – Freedom Partners Action Fund – has endorsed Ron DeSantis in the Republican Primary for governor. This is a significant endorsement for DeSantis because the group intends to back the Congressman with digital ads and targeting mail. “Floridians want in their next governor a strong leader willing to take on issues that most seriously impact their lives, and Ron DeSantis’s record in Congress proves he will be that governor. His priority is the people he serves, working to grow our economy by supporting regulatory reforms and rejecting corporate welfare, improving the quality and affordability of health care, and growing opportunity in education. Ron DeSantis puts Florida’s communities and families first, and is the best choice for the state’s next governor,” said Freedom Partners Action Fund spokesman Nathan Nascimento.

Florida Right to Life – The political action committee for the pro-life organization has endorsed the following candidates for statewide, congressional and legislative elections:

Statewide

Governor Rick Scott for U.S. Senate

No endorsement in governor’s race – both Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis have “A” ratings.

Frank White for Attorney General

Jimmy Patronis for Chief Financial Officer

No endorsement for agriculture commissioners. Candidates Matt Caldwell and Baxter Troutman have “A” ratings

Congress 

Incumbents:

  • Matt Gaetz
  • Neal Dunn
  • Ted Yoho
  • John Rutherford
  • Gus Bilirakis
  • Vern Buchanan

Challengers:

  • State Representative Fred Costello in the Republican primary to replace Ron DeSantis.
  • Scott Sturgill in the GOP primary to challenge U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy
  • George Buck in race against Charlie Crist
  • In the open House seat currently replacing retiring Congressman Dennis Ross, the organization said Republicans Ross Spano and Danny Kushmer both have “A” ratings.
  • In the open House seat currently replacing retiring Congressman Tom Rooney, the organization said Republicans Julio Gonzalez and Greg Steube both have “A” ratings.
  • Republican Javier Manjarres to challenge Congressman Ted Deutch
  • Maria Peiro in the Republican primary to replace retiring Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

State Senate

D-8 Keith Perry – Endorsed

D-12 Dennis Baxley – Endorsed

D-14 Dorothy L. Hukill – Endorsed

D-16 Ed Hooper – Endorsed

D-22 Kelli Stargel – Endorsed

D-25 Gayle Harrell – Endorsed

D-36 Manny Diaz, Jr. – Endorsed

 

State House of Representatives

D-1 Rebekah Bydlak – Support- A Rating

D-1 Mike Hill -Support- A Rating

D-10 Chuck Brannan – Support- A Rating

D-10 Marc Vann – Support- A Rating

D-11 Cord Byrd – Endorsed

D-17 Cyndi Stevenson – Endorsed

D-19 Bobby Payne – Endorsed

D-23 Stan McClain – Endorsed

D-24 Paul Renner – Endorsed

D-28 David Smith – Endorsed

D-30 Bob Cortes – Endorsed

D-32 Anthony Sabatini – Support- A Rating

D-32 Monica L. Wofford – Support- A Rating

D-37 Ardian Zika – Endorsed

D-42 Mike La Rosa -Endorsed

D-44 Robert “Bobby O” Olszewski- Endorsed

D-51 Tyler Sirois -Endorsed

D-53 Randy Fine – Endorsed

D-54 Erin Grall -Endorsed

D-56 Melony Bell – Endorsed

D-59 Ronda Storms -Support- A Rating

D-59 Joe Wicker – Support- A Rating

D-61 Sharon Carter -Endorsed

D-66 Nick DiCeglie -Support- A Rating

D-66 Berny Jacques – Support- A Rating

D-69 Jeremy Bailie -Endorsed

D-71 Will Robinson -Endorsed

D-72 Ray Pilon -Endorsed

D-73 Tommy Gregory – Support- A Rating

D-73 Melissa Howard – Support- A Rating

D-74 Linda Yates – Endorsed

D-79 Spencer Roach – Endorsed

D-82 MaryLynn Magar – Endorsed

D-83 Sasha Dadan – Support- A Rating

D-83 Toby Overdorf -Support- A Rating

D-84 Robert L. Joseph – Endorsed

D-105 Ana Maria Rodriguez – Endorsed

D-106 Bob Rommel – Endorsed

D-114 Javier Enriquez – Endorsed

D-115 Vance Aloupis -Support- A Rating

D-115 Carlos Daniel Gobel – Support- A Rating

D-115 Rhonda Lopez -Support- A Rating

D-119 Bibiana “Bibi” Potestad – Endorsed