In penultimate race for SD 4, Florida Times-Union endorses Aaron Bean ‘in battle of two good men’

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The penultimate race for State Senate District 4 is so darn close and so incredibly competitive that even the endorsement of (gasp) a newspaper in this ‘battle of two good men’ to the right of Attila the Hun could make all the difference.

That is why supporters of Aaron Bean are trumpeting the endorsement of The Florida Times-Union, out late last night.

The FTU editorial board writes that the important question in this race is:  Which one can deliver results for the people of the district? For instance, which one would be able to obtain money for the St. Johns River? Which one has the relationships with Senate leaders?

“Bean is the one with the endorsements of GOP royalty,” reads an editorial that sounds like it was penned by RPOF chair Lenny Curry, “beginning with Jeb Bush and including Sen. John Thrasher and the Florida Chamber of Commerce.”

Continuing: “Weinstein has a number of endorsements from Duval County, but he was not especially effective in the House because he developed issues with leadership. He says that would be less likely to happen in the smaller Senate because his vote would be more valuable.”

“Weinstein has been independent almost to a fault,” condemns The Florida Times-Union.

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