TALLAHASSEE — Former Vice President Joe Biden, after his string of Super Tuesday victories, on Friday announced more than 20 endorsements from current and former Florida elected officials, including State Sen. Annette Taddeo.
Taddeo, a Miami Democrat who ran as Charlie Crist’s running mate in the 2014 governor’s race, had remained on the sidelines even as the Democratic field had continued to shrink. She was noncommittal about an endorsement earlier this week when asked.
Others now backing Biden include state Reps. Loranne Ausley (D-Tallahassee), Kamia Brown (D-Ocoee), Ben Diamond, Bobby DuBose (D-St. Petersburg), and Evan Jenne (D-Dania Beach), as well as Sean Shaw, a former legislator who ran for attorney general in 2018.
House Minority Leader Kionne McGhee, who had backed former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, was also included on a list of endorsements released by the Biden campaign.
Earlier this week, after Bloomberg dropped out of the race, McGhee told POLITICO that he was backing Biden.
“My number one goal, like the goal of most my constituents, is to defeat Donald Trump and return to normalcy,” he said.
Florida’s lone statewide elected Democrat, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, has still not endorsed in the presidential race.
Florida’s presidential primary is March 17. More than 1 million Florida voters have already voted early or voted by mail.