Key Endorsements in House 31 race
Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Marco Rubio announced his endorsement of Lori Halbert for Florida House seat District 31. This huge endorsement will definitely help Halbert in the August primary against incumbent Rep. John Tobia.
“She believed in me when I was 30 points down in the polls, sending out 3,500 postcards, inviting people to her home, and introducing me to Brevard County,” Rubio said in a prepared statement.
Rep. Tobia has received endorsements from several elected Republican officials throughout Florida such as: Attorney General Bill McCollum, Governor Charlie Crist and State Senator Mike Hardiopolous. However, since Halbert’s key endorsement from Tea Party faithful Rubio we will see how many of his supporters will stick around.
Moreover, after Gov. Crist vetoed Senate Bill 6, Rep. Tobia, withdrew his endorsement of Crist, and said Crist is “playing political games with our children’s education.”
Brevard County’s former GOP chairman Jason Steele, left his position because he doesn’t support Gov. Crist senate run and wants to primary republicans who are not following what he calls conservative values. Steele, has been organizing for Brevard’s Tea Party and enjoys broads support from the movement.
Steele, publicly endorsed Halbert, against sitting GOP member Rep. Tobia while chairman of Brevard’s GOP.
– David Ventura