Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) has backed former state Rep. Adam Hasner’s (R) bid for the House in Florida.
“Adam has a passion for reform and for common-sense conservative solutions, and he will take that passion to a Washington that is certainly in need of both,” said Bush, the son of former President H.W. Bush.
Hasner had been running in the GOP Senate primary to take on Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), but was barely registering in the polls. Redistricting in Florida then sparked a round of musical chairs that led Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) to decide in January to run for reelection in another district, creating an opening in his southern Florida district.
Hasner announced shortly thereafter that he would drop his Senate campaign and run for the House — with the blessing of both West and the National Republican Congressional Committee.
In the two weeks since he’s been in the race, Hasner has picked up the support of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va) and now Bush, the popular former governor who some Republicans are still urging to make a late-entrance bid for the presidential nomination.