It’s the season of the surprise endorsement.
Earlier today, Republican state Sen. Alex Villalobos announced he was supporting Democrat Alex Sink for governor over Republican candidate Rick Scott. In a prepared statement, Villalobos called Sink “the only candidate running with the integrity and character needed to lead our state,” an apparent swipe at Scott’s history running a chain of hospitals that pleaded guilty to Medicare fraud. “With her decades of respected business experience, I know she is a fiscal conservative who we can trust to move our state forward and work in a bipartisan way to find solutions to Florida’s challenges,” Villalobos stated.
Sink earlier won the endorsements of the police unions, the PBA and FOP — the first time in 20 years both unions endorsed a Democrat.
Scott, meanwhile, has been endorsed by the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Florida, and has picked up a nod from the national conservative activist organization FreedomWorks, which, with the Scott-funded group Conservatives for Patients Rights, attempted to kill Democratic health care reform proposals last year. Those are not surprising endorsements.