Sarasota Herald-Tribune endorses Holly Benson

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From Holly Benson: I am pleased to announce that the Sarasota Herald-Tribune has endorsed me in my bid to become the Republican Candidate for Florida Attorney General in the primary election on August 24th.

In their editorial, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune writes, “With little to differentiate the candidates on the issues, voters should look to experience critical to the job of attorney general. On that score, Benson has the advantage.

“While serving as the state’s chief legal officer, the attorney general’s primary duty of is to run a large and diverse state agency. Among the agency’s chief responsibilities is to combat consumer fraud in various areas, including health care, financial activities and mortgage lending. Within the department is the Office of Statewide Prosecution, which targets criminal activities.

“Benson is the only one of the three to run a major state agency, and she ran two of them under Gov. Charlie Crist. She first headed the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and more recently was secretary of the Agency of Health Care Administration. At the AHCA, she fought health care fraud.

“Before joining the Crist administration, Benson served three terms as a state representative from the Pensacola area. She was a municipal bond lawyer from 1996 until her appointment to the DBPR in 2007.

“The breadth of Benson’s experience gives her the edge over her Republican rivals.”

The editorial goes on to say, “In a primary in which the candidates seem to be competing for the title of ‘most conservative,’ Benson’s experience in state government gives her an edge.”

I thank the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for their words of support, and I hope that you will join them and many others in supporting my campaign for the next Attorney General.

With your vote, I believe that we can create the jobs we need to rebuild the Florida dream

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