Villalobos Bucks GOP, Backs Crist
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.