St. Petersburg Democratic Rep. Wengay “Newt” Newton landed his second major backer in as many days in his bid for a second term in House District 70.

Tuesday’s endorsement came in from the political arm of the Florida Medical Association, FMA PAC, which picked him out of the three Democrats running for the Pinellas-based seat.

“The FMA PAC is proud to endorse Rep. Newton for re-election in House District 70. As a member of the Health Quality Subcommittee, we had the opportunity to work closely with him on important healthcare issues for our state and know that he will be a friend of medicine,” said Dr. Mike Patete, president of FMA PAC.

The FMA nod comes one day after the Florida Retailers named Newton as one of several dozen lawmakers it recommends for re-election in the fall.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Florida physicians and the Florida Medical Association for my re-election campaign to the Florida House of Representatives, District 70. Serving on the Health Quality Subcommittee, I look forward to working with the physicians of Florida on the critical health care issues that face us today,” Newton said.

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