Frank White continue to build support for Attorney General bid

Originally posted on Florida Politics

Moody wasn’t the only candidate vying to be the state’s top cop to announce endorsements Thursday. Pensacola Republican Rep. Frank White, who entered the race in October, added another two endorsements to his fast-growing pile.

The first-term Representative is looking to run to the right of Moody in the three-way Republican primary, and he bolstered that narrative Thursday by announcing endorsements from Central Florida Republican Reps. Neil Combee and Jennifer Sullivan.

Combee is known for his strong support of gun rights and made known that was the reason he was backing his colleague in the AG race.

“It’s an honor to endorse Frank White for Attorney General,” Combee said. “Frank White will be the strongest ally to our Second Amendment rights as Florida’s next Attorney General and faithfully defend the rule of law on behalf of all Floridians.”

Sullivan, who campaigned as a pro-life conservative Christian when she successfully ran to replace Bryan Nelson in 2014, lauded White for his conservative bona-fides.

“I’m proud to endorse Frank White as our next Attorney General. Frank is a committed conservative who has been a staunch defender of life and champion of freedom,” she said. “I know that Frank will be a principled advocate for our shared conservative values.”

White thanked Combee and Sullivan and said he was honored to get their support.

The two lawmakers join a long list of House colleagues who have declared for White, including Reps. Brad DrakeJayer WilliamsonMel PonderCord Byrd and Cyndi Stevenson.

White hasn’t been in the race long enough to post a campaign finance report, though he did bring about $77,000 in leftover cash from his House re-election campaign when he filed for AG. His first report is due Nov. 13, as are October numbers for Fant and Moody.

Also running is Ryan Torrens, currently the only Democrat to file. That could change soon, however: HD 61 Rep. Sean Shaw, a Tampa Democrat and former state Insurance Consumer Advocate, said last week that he was contemplating a run.