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Francis Rooney Backs Lizbeth Benacquisto in CD 19

Former Ambassador Francis Rooney, who represented the United States at the Vatican, announced on Monday he was backing Florida Senate Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, in the Republican primary to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., in Congress. Rooney cited Benacquistos opposition to abortion in his endorsement.

As the former ambassador to the Vatican, it is very important to me that Lizbeth has taken a firm stand in protecting the sanctity of life, and has been a leader in the pro-life community for her entire adult life, said Rooney. Im voting for Lizbeth Benacquisto -- she will make us proud.

As someone who has served this country and fought to protect conservative values, I know Lizbeth Benacquisto will be an excellent choice for our next representative from Southwest Florida, added Rooney. She is a proven, trusted, conservative leader, and we are lucky that she put herself forward for this position of public trust.

It is an absolute honor to have not only Ambassador Rooneys support, but also his friendship, said Benacquisto. As a respected voice in the pro-life community, he and I share a commitment to protecting the sanctity of life.

Benacquisto takes on businessman Curt Clawson and former state Rep. Paige Kreegel in the April 22 primary.

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