The Lenny Curry campaign scored four more key GOP establishment endorsements for his Jacksonville mayoral bid today, as the Republican frontrunner continues to build strength ahead of next month’s general election.
U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, State Sen. Aaron Bean, and State Reps. Janet Adkins and Charles McBurney have, in the words of the Curry campaign, “embraced Curry’s professional experience and commitment to service.”
Crenshaw, who has been in Congress since 2001, released this statement:
“I am proud to endorse my good friend Lenny Curry who will be the next Mayor of Jacksonville! We have been able to build a strong relationship over the years. It has been exciting for me to watch all of the things that he and Molly have accomplished. From building a business to raising a beautiful family, Lenny and Molly dedicate themselves to making our community better. Lenny is a leader that we need and will do great things for Jacksonville families.”
Curry had this to say regarding the endorsements: “When you look at the record of service these four great leaders have built for Jacksonville and Duval County, it is humbling to have their vote of confidence. I appreciate them joining our team and the effort to bring a brighter future to Jacksonville.”
While none of these endorsements is a surprise, per se, they still indicate how well Curry’s messaging has worked to unify the local and regional Republican Party, and they all carry weight individually. Bean is regarded as one of the up-and- coming figures in regional politics. Crenshaw is regarded as a legend, and considered to be a moderate in terms of local Republican politics. Adkins, meanwhile, is perhaps best known locally for her recent calls for a state investigation of the beleaguered Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund.