U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle backs Darren Soto in CD 9 race – Florida Politics

U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle backs Darren Soto in CD 9 race

Democratic U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania has endorsed state Sen. Darren Soto of Orlando in Florida’s 9th Congressional District, Soto’s campaign announced.

Boyle is one of the leading Democratic voices in Congress on trade, advocating for trade policy that protects American workers and promotes American industry. He has voted against legislation that promotes companies shipping jobs overseas.

“Darren Soto is exactly the kind of progressive fighter we need in Congress. He has led on jobs and labor issues in the Florida Legislature, bringing high-paying jobs to Central Florida while making sure workers are treated with the dignity they deserve,” Boyle stated in a news release issued by the Soto campaign. “I’m proud to endorse him because I know he’ll stand with me and the American people against bad trade deals.”

Soto faces Valleri Crabtree, Dena Grayson, and Susannah Randolph in the Aug. 30 Democratic primary for CD 9. The winner would face the Republican winner, either Wanda Rentas or Wayne Liebnitzky.

“The hardworking families of our district deserve a Congress that fights for high-paying jobs and an economy that works for all of us. I’m proud to earn Congressman Boyle’s endorsement,” Soto stated in the release. “I look forward to working with him to protect workers’ rights and fight for trade policies that strengthen the middle class.”

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.
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