Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) has endorsed Alina Garcia (R) in her bid for Florida state Senate. Earlier this month, the Floridian spoke to Garcia regarding her political aspirations.
In a statement, the Florida lawmaker praised Garcia, calling her “a proven leader who understands the challenges that our community faces firsthand.” Rubio further expressed that “it would be difficult to find someone that is more qualified than Alina, who has served our community for three decades at the city, county, state, and federal levels.” He called her “a consensus-builder and common-sense leader who will never stop fighting for our community,” saying that he is “confident that her leadership will make Florida a safer and more prosperous state.”
Rubio also called her a “dear friend” as she “previously served as Senator Rubio’s first Legislative Aide when he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1999.”
In response to the endorsement, Garcia thanked Rubio for his support.
🚨 ENDORSEMENT ALERT 🚨
— Alina García for State Senate (@AlinaGarcia) January 24, 2022
“As our voice in the United States Senate, Marco makes our community proud each and every day,” she said, adding that “like Senator Rubio, I will always stand up to socialist extremism & fight to keep Florida the freest, most prosperous state in the nation.”
Garcia is running for an open Florida state Senate seat that is based in Southeastern Miami-Dade County, and the seat is expected to heavily favor a Republican.
Rubio himself is facing a challenger in Florida Rep. Val Demings (D), who is vying to unseat him in the upcoming 2022 midterm election.
Rubio is the senior U.S. senator from Florida, he has served as Chairman of the Intelligence Committee, and he also served as the first Cuban-American Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.
In his Senate reelection campaign, Rubio has also just received the endorsement from a bipartisan group of 55 Sheriffs from across the Sunshine State.