It's been only two days since Sen. Jim Norman announced he wasn't running for re-election, but as expected support has coalesced around state Rep. John Legg's bid to join the Florida Senate. Five of the most powerful state senators jointly announced their support for Legg today in a statement sent out by the Republican Party of Florida.
Senate President-designate Don Gaetz joined Majority Leader Andy Gardiner, Jack Latvala, Joe Negron and John Thrasher in endorsing Legg. Gardiner will take over the presidency in 2014; Latvala, Negron and Thrasher all want to become Senate president in 2016.
Legg, a Port Richey Republican, faces former state Rep. Rob Wallace and security consultant John Korsak in the August primary.
His other endorsements include Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, House Speaker Dean Cannon, incoming House Speaker Will Weatherford, and Sen. Mike Fasano.
Here is the full text of the joint statement: