Greg Steube, who has built a large stockpile of cash and endorsements for his campaign for the Florida House of Representatives, on Monday received his biggest plug to date: An endorsement from U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan.
"I am pleased today to endorse Greg Steube for state representative," Buchanan said in a statement released by Steube campaign. "Greg was born and raised in Manatee County and is extremely knowledgeable of the district and the district's issues."
"Greg would be a great leader for our area and its people," Buchanan said.
Steube, a Lakewood Ranch attorney, is running as a Republican in Florida House District 67, which is comprised of parts of Manatee, Sarasota and Hillsborough counties. Incumbent Rep. Ron Reagan, R-Bradenton, is blocked by term limits from running again. Also running for the GOP nod are Robert McCann, a Lakewood Ranch physician and attorney; and Jeremiah J. Guccione, a Sarasota businessman.
The election is still some 18 months away, but Steube, who announced his bid earlier this year, has wasted no time in gathering and publicizing endorsements from some of the region's political heavy hitters, including Reagan; state Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton; former state senators John McKay and Pat Neal; Manatee commissioners Ron Getman and Donna Hayes; and former sheriff Charlie Wells.
He's also been endorsed by the current Manatee sheriff, his father, Brad Steube.