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Nan Rich Backs Dan Gelber for AG Over Dave Aronberg

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich, D-Sunrise, announced she is backing Sen. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, for attorney general over another member of her caucus, Sen. Dave Aronberg of Greenacres.

As the incoming Democratic Leader, I had initially resisted endorsing either candidate in the AG race since both are my Senate colleagues, said Rich. However, recent events have changed my mind. I think people are tired of politics-as-usual. Politicizing the tragic oil spill is politics-as-usual. Dan Gelber stands above that. When I heard that Dan Gelber had left his law firm within weeks after it accepted representation of BP, I was not surprised. Though few public officials (and in this case, one with a young family) would walk away from their job and income on principle, Dan is no ordinary public servant. He has always led by example, and shown the courage of his convictions even when the choices were difficult. For these reasons, I am endorsing Dan Gelber for attorney general. Of all five candidates running for this post, he clearly has the deepest credentials and the personal integrity to be Florida's top lawyer."

In response, Gelber said, I am extremely thankful to have the support of my good friend, Nan Rich. In Tallahassee, Nan and I have fought against the excesses of the special interests that have gained control of the Legislature. And as attorney general, I will continue the fight to clean up government and ensure that working families and everyday Floridians have someone looking out for them. I look forward to campaigning with Sen. Rich throughout Broward so we can bring a new direction to Florida.

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