State’s leading small business association endorses Scott

Surrounded by family members, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott, center, gestures as he speaks with supporters Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Florida's Republican voters chose Scott over career public servant Bill McCollum as their candidate for governor.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Surrounded by family members, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott, center, gestures as he speaks with supporters Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Florida's Republican voters chose Scott over career public servant Bill McCollum as their candidate for governor. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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The National Federation of Independent Business/Florida, the state’s leading small business association, announced on Friday its support and endorsement of Naples resident Rick Scott for governor at a campaign event in Orlando with small business owners.

"As a business owner himself, we believe Rick Scott understands the small business community’s role in improving the state’s economic conditions and we are proud to endorse him for governor of Florida," Bill Herrle, the association’s executive director, said in a press release.

There are approximately 10,000 NFIB small business owners in Florida. The endorsement comes from NFIB’s Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust, the association’s political action committee, and is based on positions on key small business issues including healthcare, taxes, and labor and regulatory issues.

Scott is running against Democrat Alex Sink in the race.

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