Gov. Jeb Bush is wading into the crowded Republican primary for House District 107 and is urging fellow Republicans to vote for Robert Fernandez, a Miami attorney who once worked as deputy general counsel for Bush. House District 107 is currently held by Rep. Gus Barreiro, who is leaving office due to term limits. The district stretches from south Miami Beach to east Little Havana and then southward to Key Biscayne.
It is not totally surprising that Bush made this decision: He had previously attended a fundraiser for Fernandez in Tallahassee and gave him a $250 check. OK, so the governor didn't give Fernandez the full $500 allowed under the law. But the endorsement will probably be a lot more valuable in helping Fernandez distinquish himself in a field that also includes former Miami mayor Xavier Suarez; Frank Carollo, the brother of former Miami Mayor Joe Carollo; Eric Padron and Arthur Arnau. The winner then squares off against Miami Beach City Commissioner Luis Garcia.
"The people of your district would be well served by your commitment to public service, your strong conservative principles, and your tireless efforts to continue to improve public education in our great state,'' wrote Bush in a letter that will probably wind up in a campaign advertisment.
Bush has taken sides in two other Republican primaries this fall, but this marks the only House race that he has endorsed in during this election season. Fernandez said he was "very humbled" that Bush chose to endorse him and was "glad I have his support."