BROOKSVILLE - The campaign to elect Blaise Ingoglia state representative in District 35 announced Wednesday that Hernando County School Board member John Sweeney has endorsed Ingoglia's campaign.
"Blaise Ingoglia has worked tirelessly to provide valuable and vital information to the residents of Hernando County and throughout the state," Sweeney said in a statement. "He has the passion, commitment and ability to articulate his beliefs, and will certainly be a strong voice in Tallahassee on behalf of the citizens he will represent."
Sweeney also said now "is time for our very own Paul Revere, Blaise Ingoglia, to enter the arena and answer the call," and he asked for the support of others.
Sweeney is out of the country until June 19, according to the school district, and he could not be reached for comment on the endorsement.
Ingoglia is a native of Hernando County, according to his website.
"I continue to be humbled by the local support we are getting for our campaign," said Ingoglia. "School Board member John Sweeney has been a mainstay in Hernando County for years as a businessman and as an elected official. He is passionate about the issues he cares about.
"I am honored to have his support."
According to Ingoglia's website, he spent $40,000 of his own money on his campaign in 2008, and he has been the target of "the liberal media" ever since.
"In 2010, I turned my focus to the rampant, wasteful and unsustainable (and dare I say it ... unconstitutional) spending of the Federal Government and produced another seminar titled 'Government Gone Wild: The Tea Party Edition, Government is Broke(n),'" Ingoglia's website reads, "which holds both political parties accountable for the mess the federal government is currently in."
Ingoglia also said he spent last year traveling the state, with his own money, giving these seminars.
Ingoglia has also previously been endorsed by Hernando County Commissioner Dave Russell, State Representative Dennis Baxley, State Senator Wilton Simpson and County Commissioner Nick Nicholson.