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Haridopolos: I Won't Be Backing Hasner

July 28, 2011

If there was any doubt that there was no love lost between Florida state Senate President Mike Haridopolos and former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner during the U.S. Senate race earlier this year, Haridopolos has cleared it up by indicating where his loyalties (don't) lie, now that he has dropped out of the contest.

"I can tell you one thing: I will not be supporting Adam Hasner for the Senate," Haridopolos said, according to the Orlando Sentinel. He also offered an indirect slight at the rest of the field, saying he still hopes "a principled and trusted conservative" will get in the race.

He specifically said he hoped that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., or Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., would jump in. Mack had previously endorsed Haridopolos' bid.

Hasner and former-Sen. George LeMieux are the two Republican frontrunners in the race right now, with Hasner's camp trying to frame the race as another Rubio-Crist matchup.

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