Less than a week before Florida’s primary election, two congressional Republican incumbents are lining up and trumpeting endorsements they hope will sway undecided voters as they face off in a newly created district.
U.S. Rep. John Mica (R-Winter Park) on Wednesday was slated to accept the endorsement of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a conservative media personality and Southern Baptist minister.
Mica's hope: Huckabee’s conservative following will draw right-wing support from Rep. Sandy Adams (R-Oviedo), the freshman Tea Party congresswoman whose district merged with Mica’s after last year’s reapportionment.
Huckabee was scheudled to fly into Sanford Orlando International Airport Wednesday afternoon for a brief stopover, allowing him to appear with Mica to receive the endorsement.
Adams has been endorsed by the genuine Tea Party movement (as opposed to a tea party created by a political consultant who, his opponents note, is a twice-convicted criminal awaiting assignment to federal prison on income tax convictions).
Adams also has the support of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and fellow freshman Rep. Allen West (R-Florida), who strongly appeals to the far right of the Republican Party.
The winner of the District 7 primary will likely prevail in November against a Democratic contender in the overwhelmingly Republican district.