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Villalobos Bucks GOP, Backs Crist

Republican State Senator Alex Villalobos formally endorsed Governor Charlie Crist’s independent campaign for the United States Senate on Thursday.

The endorsement comes on the eve of Friday’s Univision debate.

“Marco Rubio is no fiscal conservative. He will never do anything to stop the out of control spending in Washington or take on the special interests because he works for them and not the taxpayers,” said Senator Villalobos. “I know Charlie Crist's independence will allow him to take the best ideas from both parties to create jobs, lower our taxes, and reduce our nation's deficit. He is the only candidate for U.S. Senate I can say that about, and I'm proud to formally endorse his candidacy."

“Senator Villalobos has been a tremendous ally in Tallahassee as we’ve eliminated wasteful spending from the state budget, passed the largest tax cut in Florida’s history, and fought to create jobs,” said Governor Crist. “He also was a leader in opposing Senate Bill 6, a bill that would have punished teachers and public school children, and that I vetoed. I am humbled by his support.”

Villalobos has been a Republican member of the Florida Senate, representing the 38th District since 2001. He served as the Republican Majority Whip from 2001-2002 and as the Republican Majority Leader from 2004-2006 in the Florida Senate. Previously he was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1993 through 2000.

This is the first high profile Republican endorsement in a week that's seen Crist heavily courting Democrats. Democratic State Representatives Yolly Roberson and Luis Garcia, Jr., endorsed Crist earlier in the week. The United Transportation Union, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, also endorsed Crist at the Amtrak Station in Miami today.

Recent polls show Republican nominee Marco Rubio building a solid lead over both Crist and Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek.

4 Responses »

  1. This State senator has very little clout
    with the puvlic. He has shown very weak tendices before, siding with the NASTY LIBERALS. wE DO NOT NEED HIM WITH LIBERAL
    VOTING RECORD. THE GOP MUST DIVEST ALL OF
    "THE GOOD OLE BOYS". THESE ARE THE POLITICANS THAT WILL NOT SRAND UP AND
    SUPPORT THE CONSERVATIVE LAWS, THEY HAVE NO BACKBONE. SUPPORT THE FAIR TAX PLAN

  2. THE FAIR TAX PLAN IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET OUT OF THE LIBERAL DUMMYRAP PARTY CONGRESS
    SPENDING SPREE. WHY DO WE NEED $830,000
    TO STUDY THE AFRICAN MALE PENIS. ANOTHERR
    NASTY LIBERAL DUMMYCRAP CONGRESS CONTROLED BY THE ULTRA LIBERAL CONFRESS AND OVBAMA.

  3. Villabos should now change his registration to Independent along with his buddy Crist!

  4. Personally never received Gov Charlie's bragged about property tax cut on my house. Not one cent!
    He raided the formally sound Florida Retirement System to fund his hurricane insurance scheme.
    "Thanks" also for trying to put corn whiskey into my old boat motor and for his work in getting ex-felons back on the voting rolls.
    Some Republican! No wonder some clown named "Wolfhouse" supports him....