Washington (CNN) – The FRC Action PAC, the Family Research Council's political action committee, announced Thursday that it's endorsing former Florida state legislator Marco Rubio's 2010 Senate bid.
"Marco Rubio has been a true friend of the family and the culture of life as a state legislator in Florida," Tony Perkins, FRC Action president, said in a statement announcing the endorsement. "Rep. Rubio's many years of advocacy on behalf of pro-family causes will serve him well in the Senate. FRC Action PAC believes that Marco Rubio will be a true advocate for the issues that best uphold and strengthen families. We are proud to support his candidacy."
Rubio is set to face off against Florida Gov. Charlie Crist in Florida's GOP Senate primary. After conservative pressure forced moderate Republican Dede Scozzafava out of the race in New York's 23rd congressional district, many of the same activists - who have made similar complaints about Crist's candidacy - pledged to repeat the performance.
"Dede Scozzafava is out," wrote RedState's Erick Erickson shortly after the state assemblywoman ended her bid. "We must now do to Crist what we did to Scozzafava. He's even more a potential menace simply by virtue of being a potential Senator."
After Scozzafava dropped out of the race in New York's 23rd congressional district, Rubio penned a blog post on a conservative blog.
Scozzafava's departure from the race "should send an encouraging message to conservatives everywhere," Rubio blogged on October 31, "It is not only right and necessary to stand up for our principles, it is also an appealing strategy to Americans yearning for less government and more fiscal restraint in Washington."
Perhaps in response to Scozzafava's downfall in the NY-23 race, Crist already appears to be trying to downplay views that might draw conservative fire. In an interview Wednesday with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Crist said that he never supported President Obama's $787 billion stimulus plan, despite his appearance at an event with Obama in Florida earlier this year.
The Club for Growth, a fiscally conservative growth that backed Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in the NY-23 race, announced Thursday that it will begin airing a new television ad that criticizes Crist for his support of Obama's stimulus plan.