It probably shouldn’t be any surprise. After all, former House Speaker Will Weatherford is the son-in-law of former House Speaker Allan Bense.
But Weatherford on Wednesday endorsed Panama City Republican Neal Dunn in the 2016 race in Northwest Florida’s Congressional District 2.
Bense was an early backer of Dunn, a physician who hopes to unseat U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Fla. Also backing Dunn is state Sen. Don Gaetz, a Niceville Republican who served as Senate president when Weatherford was House speaker.
“I truly believe Neal embodies the conservative principles that North Florida possesses and is the voice that Congressional District 2 needs serving as their representative in Washington; and, I am happy to lend him my support,” Weatherford, who does not live in the district, said in a prepared statement issued by the Dunn campaign.
Also running for the Republican nomination in the district is Tallahassee attorney Mary Thomas.