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Hasner endorses Bogdanoff in GOP state Senate primary

by George Bennett | June 23rd, 2009

Passing over two Republicans from his own county, House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, R-Boca Raton, is endorsing state Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, in the three-Republican primary for the seat of Senate President Jeff Atwater, who’s running for chief financial officer.

Hasner at one point was considered a likely GOP candidate for the Palm Beach-Broward seat, but opted not to run for any office in 2010 when he faces term limits.

About 64 percent of Senate District 25 voters live in Palm Beach County and about 36 percent in Broward County. Hasner’s endorsement of Broward County resident Bogdanoff comes at the expense of two Palm Beach County Republicans — state Rep. Carl Domino, R-Jupiter, and Delray Beach businessman Nick Loeb.

“During our past six years serving together in the Florida House, Ellyn Bogdanoff has been a courageous leader on the issues that matter most to our state and our region,” said Hasner in a statement released by Bogdanoff’s campaign. “She is a fiscal conservative, a visionary on education issues, and a fearless advocate for our seniors and children.”

“We need Ellyn Bogdanoff in the Florida Senate, and I strongly encourage the voters of Senate District 25 to support her candidacy. I will do everything I can to help Ellyn put her ideas and experience to work for the people of our community,” Hasner said.

Other Palm Beach Countians to endorse Bogdanoff include West Palm Beach City Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell, Boynton Beach Mayor Jerry Taylor, Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel and Boca Councilwoman Susan Haynie.

In addition to the three Republican candidates, Democratic state Rep. Kelly Skidmore of Boca Raton is also running for the District 25 Senate seat.

Republicans have a slight registration edge in the district, but Democrat Barack Obama carried the district in 2008 and Republican Charlie Crist got less than 50 percent of the District 25 vote in squeaking past Democrat Jim Davis in the 2006 governor’s race.

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8 Responses to “Hasner endorses Bogdanoff in GOP state Senate primary”

  1. John561 Says:

    Lights out.

  2. Go Has! Says:

    Still cannot imagine why Hasner didn’t run for this seat himself. There would be no primary. But, I heard Ellyn is going to raise over half a million dollars for this report. Wow.

  3. We love Hasner Says:

    No doubt Nickie just ran up to his bank and transferred another $200,000 from his trust fund to his campaign account. This must have really been a shock to him.

  4. Jeremiah Says:

    It’s about time true Republicans start working together. Hasner’s a great rep. from Palm Beach and joining Ellen’s campaign puts it in the bag.

  5. Please confirm Says:

    I’m hearing Nick will be dropping out very soon ?

  6. Go Has! Says:

    I doubt Loeb did that, We love Hasner, but the fact remains that he could. I am hearing his fundraising is going well, and after seeing him last week on Las Olas I doubt there is any chance of him not running and running hard.

    Ellyn is one heckuva candidate and fundraiser. Looking for a blow the doors off report from her.

  7. What’s Going On » Florida Progressive Coalition Blog - Says:

    [...] Adam Hasner endorsed Ellyn Bogdanoff [...]

  8. Al Says:

    Ellyn Bogdanoff is political poison. She is firmly behind the “we don’t tax” (we impose insane fees) nonsense running through the party right now. What a shell game. Her involvement in the passage of SB 2108 was a direct attack on local government because she had been personally offended by her local Clerk of Court. Find someone that will represent you – not special interests or, frankly, resolving her own pet anxieties through retributive legislation.

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