Congressional allies Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia endorsed rival primary candidates Cory Mills and Anthony Sabatini, both of whom are seeking the Republican nomination in a swing central Florida district held by a centrist Democrat.
Both endorsements, Jordan for Mills and Greene for Sabatini, were announced Monday morning and are the latest in a series of high-profile right-wing endorsements flooding the race.
Mills is an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran and Bronze Star recipient who went on to found a consulting firm and was appointed by former President Donald Trump to a Pentagon position.
"Cory Mills has been a leader on the battlefield, and a successful business owner. He has rescued Americans in Afghanistan, and he will take on the radical left in Congress. We need Cory Mills in Washington now more than ever to stand for freedom,” Jordan said in a statement.
Sabatini is a state representative and a member of the Florida Army National Guard.
“We do not need more spineless politicians infesting the Swamp who will bend their knee to Pelosi’s orders. I need more allies like Anthony Sabatini,” Greene said in a statement. “He isn’t afraid to take on the establishment. He stopped vaccine passports in the state. He is 100 percent pro-life and pro-Second Amendment. He believes in the America First agenda. He supports building the wall. He is the leader for election integrity in Florida and demanding an audit of the election results. And, he has agreed to support my efforts to impeach Joe Biden.”
The primary includes several other announced candidates, and the seat is held by Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy, who was first elected in 2016. Murphy is a centrist Democrat who has graced headlines in recent months due to her criticism of Democrats’ sweeping go-it-alone reconciliation bill that is set to include trillions in spending for social programs.
Florida’s 7th Congressional District encompasses part of Orlando and some of its northern suburbs. But redistricting due to the 2020 census is likely to make the seat look much different and be harder for Murphy, meaning it is ultracompetitive in the Republican primary. Republicans control the redistricting process in the state.
Sabatini initially announced his candidacy for Florida’s 11th Congressional District, a seat further from Orlando that includes The Villages and borders the Gulf of Mexico. The district is held by Republican Rep. Daniel Webster. Anticipating drastic redistricting, Sabatini switched his filing paperwork to the 7th District, saying he expected the new map to encompass more of his home of Lake County.
Jordan and Greene are not the first two congressional Republicans to weigh in on the race. Each candidate is adding a slate of high-profile names to his endorsement list.
Sabatini has endorsements from many other right-wing firebrands and Trump loyalists who are regularly villainized by ideological opponents. Those include Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who is reportedly being investigated for paying for sex with a 17-year-old, an allegation he has repeatedly denied, and Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, who has been criticized for attending events connected to extremist Nick Fuentes. Former Trump adviser Roger Stone and Gen. Mike Flynn also endorsed him.
Mills has endorsements from several other sitting representatives, including Rep. Jim Banks, an Indiana Republican and the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, and Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson, the former White House physician under Trump.
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Original Author: Emily Brooks