Two more endorsements for Lizbeth Benacquisto in CD 19

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Two Southwest Florida conservatives — State Reps. Matt Caldwell and Kathleen Passidomo — endorsed Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto today in her bid for the Florida’s 19th Congressional District.

“Lizbeth has consistently fought to keep control in our hands – the people’s hands,” said Caldwell, who represents House District 79 covering Lehigh Acres and North Fort Myers. “Politicians will not get us back on the right track. I know a citizen legislator like Lizbeth will take real conservative solutions to Washington.”

Passidomo is the Republican who represents eastern Collier County in House District 106.

“Lizbeth is respected by her peers in the Senate for her tenacity, hard work and integrity,” she said. “She is a proven leader who has been involved in significant legislation that advances our conservative ideals and I am confident that she will continue to represent us in Washington with the same integrity, values and commitment.”

“Matt and Kathleen understand the need for proven, conservative partners in Washington, and I am proud to have their support,” Benacquisto responded.

Caldwell and Passidomo add their names to the list of conservative leaders to reach out in support of Benacquisto: U.S. Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, Tom Rooney and Jason Chaffetz; State Sen. Garrett Richter; Reps. Dane Eagle and Ray Rodrigues and Mayors John Sorey of Naples, Kevin Ruane of Sanibel, Randy Henderson of Fort Myers and Alan Mandel of Fort Myers Beach.

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

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