Maggie’s List endorses Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto in CD 19 bid

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State Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto received a substantial endorsement today when conservative PAC Maggie’s List announced its support of Republican candidate for Florida’s 19th Congressional District.

Benacquisto is running in the special election to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of disgraced U.S. Rep. Trey Radel.

“Maggie’s is proud to endorse Lizbeth Benacquisto,” Sandra Mortham, Chairman of Maggie’s List and former Florida Secretary of State. “She has continuously demonstrated her fiscal conservative principles as well as her constant push for less government and more personal responsibility,”

“As a fellow Floridian I am extremely happy to endorse Lizbeth, she will be a superlative addition to the U.S. House of Representatives,” Mortham added.

Maggie’s List is the federal PAC founded in 2010 that focuses on electing conservative women who “stand for fiscal conservatism, less government, more personal responsibility and strong national security.” Maggie’s List began with a group of women with a fiscally conservative economic vision and a desire to address the underrepresentation of women in Congress.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement from Maggie’s List,” Benacquisto responds. “Electing more conservative women to Congress who believe in a smaller government, individual liberty, and national security is of utmost importance.”

Maggie’s will also host a private reception for Benacquisto Wednesday, March 12 at Hospitality Square on the 2nd Floor of 200 West College Avenue in Tallahassee, from 6:00-7:30p.m. RSVPs are available at visit

Benacquisto faces former automobile-wheel manufacturer CEO Curt Clawson and former State Rep. Paige Kreegel in the April 22 GOP primary. The general election is June 24.

 3-12 Tallahassee Benacquisto Invite (cropped)

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