Baxley out as Christian Coalition ED, likely to endorse Rubioby Dara Kam | May 29th, 2009
Former House Rep. Dennis Baxley is leaving his post as executive director of the Christian Coalition of Florida.
Baxley, an Ocala undertaker, led the group’s anti-gambling efforts during the legislative session as lawmakers revised a compact with the Seminoles.
Baxley said he’s resigning after 18 months so he can go to work on political campaigns and endorse candidates which the coalition does not do.
“I love working the issues but it’s campaign season. I’m getting restless,” he said.
Baxley wouldn’t identify which candidates he supports but that “you can bet they’re going to be some of the more conservatives.”
Could it be that Baxley will back former House Speaker Marco Rubio, the Miami Republican challenging Gov. Charlie Crist in a GOP primary to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez?
“I do love that guy,” Baxley, laughing, said of Rubio.