by Javier ManjarresFormer House Majority Leader Adam Hasner has been stumping across the state gauging his support for a possible U.S. Senate run in 2012, and he did not waste an opportunity to take a swipe at sitting Democrat Senator Bill Nelson, as well as newly announced Senatorial candidate Senator George LeMieux. Hasner touted his early and unequivical support of Senator Marco Rubio way back when Rubio and his merry band of “4 percenters” were considered long-shots to beat Governor Charlie Crist in the 2010 U.S. Senate race.
Hasner stated that he “doesn’t have to reinvent himself as a Conservative in 2012, I have remained a principled Conservative, I have been someone who has fought for our Conservative principles when they weren’t popular, and now that they are popular, it seems that it is alot easier to do, but I think it is important to remember who was there when others were running away, when others were advocating for more moderation within the Republican party.”
Hasner is referring to Senator LeMieux’s staunch support of Charlie Crist before he left the Republican Party, any many assume that he shared Governor Crist’s liberal views and policies- Crist was a self described Moderate, and advocated moderation with the State GOP. Hasner is hinting that LeMieux believes in those same policies and is trying to ‘change his stripes’ to run on a more Conservative platform in 2012.
Hasner also stung Senator Nelson, saying that he can “no longer can her cover up his voting record with a southern accent and a smile.”
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