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Updated** Tim Pawlenty pulling in more Miami lawmaker endorsements

A few legislators have told us that Miami freshmen state Reps Carlos Trujillo, Jose Oliva, Frank Artiles and Jeanette Nunez are about to endorse Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty. We're not sure about Rep. Ana Rivas Logan, though it's a good chance she's heading to team Pawlenty (considering that future House Speakers Will Weatherford, Chris Dorworth, and Richard Corcoran have already signed up).

It appears two two freshmen, Jose Felix Diaz and Michael Bileca, are on the sidelines for now.

Pawlenty is still struggling with name ID, and it's unclear how much endorsements help, but they sure don't hurt. But compare this headline to that of his fellow nice-guy Republican candidate, Jon Huntsman, whose poll numbers are low and who just lost his campaign manager (all part of the plan, they say).

Update: Here's the endorsement statement:

MINNEAPOLIS — Pawlenty for President today announced the endorsement of 11 members of the Florida House of Representatives. The state representatives will join Speaker Designate Will Weatherford and future leaders Rep. Chris Dorworth and Rep. Richard Corcoran in their efforts to lead Gov. Pawlenty's efforts in the Sunshine State.


“I am honored by the support of this accomplished group of legislators," Gov. Pawlenty said.  "This is a geographically diverse group with the ability to unite the Florida conservative movement and appeal to various parts of the party.  I look forward to working with them as they help convey my pro-growth message and record of results to Floridians."



The list of new Florida legislators endorsing Gov. Pawlenty includes:




•Rep. Janet Adkins, Fernandina Beach



•Rep. Ben Albritton, Wauchula



•Rep. Frank Artiles, Miami



•Rep. Jason Brodeur,  Sanford



•Rep. James Grant, Tampa 



•Rep. Ana Rivas Logan, Miami 



•Rep. Jeanette Nunez,  Miami



•Rep. Jose Oliva, Miami 



•Rep. Scott Plakon, Longwood 


•Rep. John Tobia, Melbourne


•Rep. Carlos Trujillo, Miami