Tampa Tribune endorses John Legg, Tom Lee and Jim Frishe in battleground State Senate races

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Normally, a newspaper’s endorsement in a GOP primary is about as helpful as hugging Barack Obama, but the Tampa Tribune‘s recommendation should actually matter to Republican voters because the Trib’s editorial board traditionally leans to the right.

(The Tribune‘s marketing department even developed this postcard touting its “conservative views.”)

Accordingly, State Senate candidates John Legg, Tom Lee and Jim Frishe, all running in tough GOP primaries, should each be pleased to have received the endorsement of the Tribune.

About Legg, the editorial board wrote, “His successful legislative experience and conservative approach to governing are impressive.”

Lee receives the Tribune‘s nodt in District 24 because he “rightly believes Florida needs a Legislature that will carefully weigh the ultimate costs of policy decisions, rather than rushing through whatever is politically popular at the moment.”

Still, Burgin can find some comfort in the Tribune’s assessment that she “is a far more impressive politician than four years ago” … and is “working hard, standing up for her values, studying the issues and responding to constituents.”

And in District 22, the Tribune offers a strong endorsement of Frishe, while taking a couple of shots at Frishe’s opponent, Jeff Brandes.

“Frishe, who also served in the Florida House from 1984 to 1990, is highly regarded by his colleagues and has been attentive to Hillsborough concerns. He is a good listener who cares more about solutions than political points.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.