Like most politicians, Florida Senate Pres. Mike Haridopolos (R) wants potential voters and donors to think of him when they receive a fundraising letter.
But he also wants them to think of somebody else -- the state's junior senator.
The St. Petersburg Times highlights a Haridopolos fundraising letter in which Sen. Marco Rubio's (R) name is mentioned six times.
"As my good friend Marco Rubio's victory demonstrated, big-government establishment politicians like Bill Nelson are clearly part of the problem and not the solution," Haridopolos writes.
But is Haridopolos risking an eventual backlash from Rubio allies? The Times also notes that the letter "has offended some of Rubio's close allies, who wonder where Haridopolos was when it looked like Charlie Crist would bury" him.
Most of the Florida Republican establishment backed Crist upon his entrance in the Senate race, with the notable exception of former House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, another likely Senate candidate. The question facing Haridopolos is whether Rubio supporters will judge the candidates based on a litmus test of loyalty to the current senator, or whether the Crist factor will be a distant memory come 2012.