07/26/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Jeff Miller: Another GOP Rep. Defects, Backs Rubio Over Crist

Another Republican lawmaker has broken ranks and backed Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio for governor over Sen. Charlie Crist.

U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller made the announcement Thursday.

"Marco Rubio is a young fresh voice for our cause, and he does believe in limited government," he said.

"This race has tremendous implications for the future of Florida and the very foundation of conservatism in America. Marco Rubio possesses an impressive combination of idea-driven, principled leadership and the ability to communicate conservative values in ways that resonate at the kitchen table. Americans deserve better than the current big government, borrow-and-spend road we are on, and I believe Marco Rubio will be a compelling voice to lead us to a stronger and more prosperous America."

U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) have also backed Rubio.

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