Sen. Mike Haridopolos is almost certain to be elected to succeed Senate President Jeff Atwater now that he’s garnered the support of one of his chief rivals.
Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, issued a press release today endorsing the Melbourne Republican.
“Mike and I have been friends since our first day in the Legislature, and I am confident he will be a strong president,” the release said. “I will be honored to be a part of his leadership team and continue to serve my constituents and the Florida Senate in this capacity.”
Haridopolos, an anti-tax conservative, is slated to assume the presidency after the November 2010 elections, when 11 open Senate seats are up for grabs.
He’ll preside during the all-important redistricting and reapportionment sessions in 2011 and 2012.
Bennett, a moderate, said he will be on Haridopolos’ leadership team but did not say in what position.
Atwater, a North Palm Beach Republican, is leaving the Senate to run for chief financial officer.