WASHINGTON (JTA) — Adam Hasner, a Jewish Republican from Florida who identifies with the Tea Party, announced his intention to run for the U.S. Senate.
"The reality is Washington is taking us in the wrong direction and both parties have been at fault," Hasner, who was majority leader in the Florida House of Representatives, said Tuesday in an e-mail blast, using language reflecting the insurgent Tea Party movement he has joined. "To turn things around we need honest conservatives who will challenge the leadership on both sides, say what needs to be said, and do what needs to be done."
Hasner must overcome a crowded GOP primary field to challenge the incumbent, Democrat Bill Nelson, but he likely has the backing of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), elected in November in the GOP sweep of congressional elections. The two were close when Rubio was Florida House speaker.