Via the Tampa Bay Times
Gov. Rick Scott is keeping the door shut on an endorsement of his lieutenant governor, who is running in a crowded U.S. Senate race that got a little more crowded this week with the addition of another key ally of the governor’s.
Carlos Beruff, a wealthy Manatee County developerwith Miami roots who served on Scott’s transition team and chaired his Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding, officially announced his candidacy Monday. Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera has been in the race since July.
Tuesday, Scott said he has no plans to make an endorsement in a contest that also includes U.S. Reps. David Jolly and Ron DeSantis.
“I am not endorsing in the Senate race,” Scott told reporters after a reporter asked if he would consider endorsing Beruff. “There’s a lot of good candidates running. My lieutenant governor’s in that race. Carlos Beruff, I think, entered just in the last couple of days. He was the chairman of my hospital and health care commission and did a good job. My lieutenant governor’s done a great job.”
Scott made the comments after a medal ceremony for veterans in Pinellas Park.
Public Policy Polling’s latest survey found that Lopez-Cantera is trailing both Jolly and DeSantis.