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Press Release - Florida State Senator Mike Bennett Endorses Rudy Giuliani

April 23, 2007

The Giuliani Presidential Committee announced today the support of Florida State Senator Michael Bennett. Bennett will help lead Florida's growing state team focusing his efforts on Sarasota county. He has served in the State Senate since 2002 and previously served one term in the Florida House of Representatives.

"Schooled by experience and seasoned by crisis, Rudy Giuliani has shown the kind of leadership that turned around a city, and rallied a nation, when it counted the most. He will bring that wisdom to the Presidency. Rudy already has a great deal of support in Florida, and I look forward to working with Attorney General McCollum and the rest of the Florida team," Bennett said.

Bennett is the latest in a growing list of State Representatives and Senators supporting Mayor Giuliani. A veteran who served four tours in Vietnam, Bennett is a leader in the Florida Senate, chairing such committees as the Senate Communications and Public Utilities Committee, and serves on an array of civic boards and committees.

"As a veteran, successful businessman, and community leader Senator Bennett is an important addition to the campaign and we're honored to have him on board," said campaign manager Mike DuHaime.

Florida State Senators Supporting Mayor Giuliani

Mike Fasano, representing District 11, Majority Whip

Dennis Jones, representing District 13, Former State Senate Majority Leader

Burt Saunders, representing District 37

Florida State Representatives Supporting Mayor Giuliani
Rep. Thad Altman – Represents Dist 30 in Brevard County

Rep. Carl Domino – Represents Dist 83 in Palm Beach County

Rep. Greg Evers – Represents Dist 1 in Escambia, Okaloosa, and Santa Rosa Counties

Rep. Rich Glorioso – Represents Dist 62 in Hillsborough and Pasco Counties

Rep. Peter Nehr – Represents Dist 48 in Pasco and Pinellas Counties

Rep. Pat Patterson – Represents Dist 26 in Flagler and Volusia Counties

Rep. Juan Carlos "J.C." Planas – Represents Dist 115 in Miami-Dade County

Rep. Julio Robaina – Represents Dist 117 in Miami-Dade County

Rep. Juan C. Zapata – Represents Dist 119 in Miami-Dade County

Pinellas County Leaders Supporting Mayor Giuliani

Pinellas County Sheriff Jim Coats

State Representative Peter Nehr

State Representative Rich Glorioso

Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni

Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson

Former Speaker Pro Tempore Leslie Waters

Former State Senator Curt Kiser

Mayor of Safety Harbor Andy Steingold

Mayor of Belleair Bluffs Chris Arbutine

Mayor of Oldsmar Jim Ronecker

Vice Mayor of St. Petersburg Beach Mike Finnerty

Tarpon Springs Mayor Beverly Billiris

Former Mayor of Reddington Shores J.J. Beyrouti

Commissioner of Safety Harbor James McCormick

Commissioner of Safety Harbor Joe Ayoub

Governor Crist Campaign Chair for Pinellas County Margie Milford

Member of the Pinellas County Juvenile Welfare Board John Millford

Vice President Pinellas County Veterans Liaison Counsel Anthony Rizzo

Florida State University Board of Governors Member Frank Harrison

University of South Florida Student Body President Barclay Harles

Rudy Giuliani, Press Release - Florida State Senator Mike Bennett Endorses Rudy Giuliani Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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