Florida Chamber endorses 54 GOP House incumbents
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Most Republicans seeking re-election earned Chamber support.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce threw its support to most Republican incumbents seeking re-election to the Florida House.

The business organization announced its first round of endorsements for the 2022 election cycle, and there’s clearly a pattern. All went to legislative incumbents — 54 of them in the House. In the lower chamber, every lawmaker endorsed caucuses with the Republicans.

“The Florida Chamber has a long and proven track record of endorsing incumbent candidates who continue to drive sound policy helping Florida maintain a pro-jobs climate and safeguarding the strength of our economy,” said Mark Wilson, president and CEO of the Florida Chamber.

“We trust these incumbent legislators to make Florida’s future a priority, focusing on job creation and further economic opportunity for everyone.”

The list of candidates indicates some philosophical lean and satisfaction with the direction of the Legislature to date. The decision to endorse was based in large part, Chamber officials said, on the scores lawmakers received on the Chamber’s Legislative Report Card.

The work showed a willingness to become involved in some Republican Primaries. For example, the organization endorsed state Rep. Michelle Salzman, a Pensacola Republican, over Primary opponent and former state Rep. Mike Hill. The House District 1 contest is a rematch between the two lawmakers after Salzman unseated Hill in 2020.

But there are some contests where the Chamber will seat things out — at least for now. In House District 29, two sitting incumbents — Reps. Elizabeth Fetterhoff and Webster Barnabyface one another thanks to redistricting. That’s the only state legislative district in Florida where two incumbents qualified to run for the same seat, and the Chamber hasn’t taken sides.

In a number of races, the support of the Chamber is symbolic, as the lawmakers were already re-elected without opposition, though received a Chamber endorsement anyhow.

That list includes Reps. Thad Altman, Melony Bell, David Borrero, Chuck Brannan, James Buchanan, Wyman Duggan, Tom Fabricio, Mike Giallombardo, Michael Grant, Joe Harding, Sam Killebrew, Patt Maney, Stan McClain, Lauren Melo, Daniel PerezAlex Rizo, Will Robinson, Bob Rommel, Jason Shoaf, Tyler Sirois, Cyndi Stevenson and Kaylee Tuck.

The Chamber endorsed other incumbents facing either Primary or General Elections opponents.

That includes Speaker-designate Paul Renner and Reps. Alex Andrade, Mike Beltran, Adam Botana, Demi Busatta Cabrera, Mike Caruso, Linda Chaney, Chuck Clemons, Juan Alfonso Fernandez-Barquin, Randy Fine, Sam Garrison, Tommy Gregory, Fred Hawkins, Traci Koster, Chip LaMarca, Tom Leek, Randy Maggard, Ralph Massullo, Lawrence McClure, Fiona McFarland, Jim Mooney, Toby Overdorf, Bobby Payne, Jenna Persons-Mulicka, Rick Roth, David Smith, John Snyder, Josie Tomkow, Dana Trabulsy and Keith Truenow.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


4 comments

  • FL Voter

    July 11, 2022 at 9:58 am

    One would think that Publix would consider at least a token from the other party considering their recent experience with our one party state.

  • Elliott Offen

    July 11, 2022 at 10:18 am

    Florida Republicans are empty suit grifters whose sole purpose is to shovel money to the rich. Mind bending religion and far right propaganda keep the GOP grift going. Stop the crime against humanity and the American people. Vote blue…vote Crist for governor.

  • Ron Ogden

    July 11, 2022 at 10:52 am

    The people who weep and wail in the streets back the D’s. The folks who sign the paychecks support the Republicans. What is the quickest way to turn Democrats into Republicans? Make them meet a payroll every two weeks.

    • Elliott Offen

      July 11, 2022 at 2:03 pm

      False information. The greedy hogs support Republicans in order to continue wage theft and neo slavery… becoming filthy rich while their employees struggle to keep a roof over their heads because of such things as the housing market grift. Because of such behavior, there is no economic mobility in this nation anymore. Around every corner there is a greasy Republican there to take a big piece out of someone’s ass every chance they get.

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