Florida Five: RPOF reacts to Crist’s memoirs, US chamber backs Jolly, Lt. gov. sworn in

Here are BPR’s picks for today’s Florida political news stories:

Carlos Lopez Cantera swearinginIt’s official: Carlos Lopez-Cantera sworn in as Florida lieutenant governor: Carlos Lopez-Cantera was officially sworn in Monday as Florida’s 19th lieutenant governor in the Chamber of the Florida House of Representatives. Read more.

U.S. chamber backs David Jolly over Alex Sink: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce backed David Jolly, the Republican running in a special congressional election, on Monday. Jolly takes on former state CFO Alex Sink, the Democrat in the race, and Libertarian Lucas Overby in the special election on March 11. “The U.S. Chamber is proud to put our full support behind David Jolly and highlight the clear distinction between the candidates on pro-growth, job creating issues in this race,” said Rob Engstrom, the vice president of the U.S. Chamber, on Monday “David will fight for American free enterprise and Pinellas county jobs. We stand strongly with him and look forward to working with David to get our economy back on track.” Read more. 

‘Readers beware’: RPOF reacts to Charlie Crist’s memoir: Florida’s Republican Party Chairman Lenny Curry released the following memo Monday with his reaction to gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist’s memoir Lenny Currywhich is scheduled for release on Tuesday: Charlie Crist’s new book hits the shelves tomorrow morning and the reviews are already bad. Marc Caputo of the Miami Herald warns “readers beware,” because the book “rewrites some history.” George Bennett of The Palm Beach Post notes that while Crist attempts to attack the GOP, it “fails to detail how Crist drifted with it for a while.” And Andrew Kaczynski points out to readers of BuzzFeed that “there is almost nothing Charlie Crist hasn’t flip-flopped on.” Read more.

Florida State Sen. Benacquisto makes congressional run official: State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto announced Monday she will run for the open congressional seat in southwest Florida vacated by U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fort Myers. Read more.

State gets five-year extension of a funding waiver to help at-risk children: Florida’s child welfare system got a boost Monday with the approval of a five-year renewal of a federal waiver that allows the state to have more options in helping children from troubled homes. Read more. 

BONUS: Haynie releases her first TV ad in Boca Raton mayor’s race

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