- The conservative advocacy group continues to throw its support behind elected officials and new candidates
- The organization is coming off a successful Primary where they celebrated the wins of 14 AFP-endorsed candidates
The political arm of Americans for Prosperity released a new wave of Florida Legislature endorsements on Monday ahead of November’s general election.
With the primary elections in the rearview, Americans for Prosperity Action-Florida stamped its seal of approval on five Republican candidates running for office. The list includes two Republican incumbents in the Florida House, along with three GOP candidates vying for seats in the House and Senate. Those earning AFP Action’s support include State Reps. Lawrence McClure (HD 68) and John Syder (HD 86), as well as Republican Rachel Plakon (HD 36), former Florida State University football player Corey Simon (SD 3), and Green Beret veteran Jay Collins (SD 14).
“We’ve been active across the state for months,” said AFP Action-FL Senior Advisor Skylar Zander. “Our activists have been knocking on doors and making phone calls,” he said. “And we’ve been targeting key voters in the mail and across social media to educate and turn them out for candidates who support policies that get government out of the way of hard-working Floridians.
“These additional legislative candidates understand the challenges Florida faces, and they will work to break down barriers that stand in the way of a strong economy, strong schools, and safe communities where families, businesses, and retirees can thrive,” he added.
In a news release, AFP’s political committee also praised each Republican individually. The group spotlighted McClure’s small business roots and time in the legislature eliminating regulations.
“Rep. Lawrence McClure has been a champion of policies that advance the interests of hard-working Floridians and break down barriers to work. This includes multiple votes to reform occupational licensing laws, which require certain workers to get a government permission slip before they can work,” the release said. “As a small business owner, McClure understands government regulations too often stand in the way of new jobs and economic growth. As a state lawmaker, McClure has worked to eliminate wasteful and burdensome regulations and to hold local governments accountable for the costs they impose on businesses.”
Additionally, AFP Action-FL praised new candidates like Simon for committing to drive down health care costs and expand telemedicine if elected.
“When Corey Simon takes office next year, he will work to advance health care policies that increase access to care at lower costs to consumers. He will also support efforts to expand telemedicine, which proved so valuable during the COVID pandemic. Simon’s non-profit work taught him the value of quality and innovative education. In the Senate, he will support public school open enrollment, Universal Education Savings Accounts, and public charter schools,” the release continued.
During the 2020 election cycle, AFP Action-FL touted supporting candidates across the nation with more than 8.5 million telephone calls, 1.5 million door knocks, and more than 49 million pieces of mail.