In the midst of promoting a new book and mulling a Senate run, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell did something a bit unorthodox on Monday when he endorsed a Senate candidate in another state: former Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, currently engaged in a 3-way Republican primary with state Senate President Mike Haridopolos and former Sen. George LeMieux.
But Hasner isn't willing to return the favor and offer his support should Blackwell run -- at least not yet.
"Right now he's focused on his book," Hasner told Hotline On Call. "So let's go out and help him sell as many copies of his book, and when he decides to announce, we'll deal with that when the time comes."
Hasner also went after his opponents in the Florida Senate race, where Haridopolos has been facing criticism for his recent performance on a radio show where he would not say whether he would vote yes or no on Rep. Paul Ryan's, R-Wis., budget plan. Hasner voiced early support for the plan, while LeMieux first hedged and eventually said he would have voted for it.
"This is the time when we need courageous leaders, people who aren't afraid to say what needs to be said or do what needs to be done, and people who aren't going to stick their finger in the wind to see which way its blowing in order to decide what they believe," said Hasner.
Hasner and Blackwell have come out more strongly in support of the Ryan plan than most other Senate candidates and potential candidates.
Hasner also said that when they were "advancing bold reforms" while he was serving in the Florida House, Haridopolos and LeMieux -- via his then-boss, former Gov. Charlie Crist -- were opposing the changes.