Glutton for punishment? JD Alexander foe gets some love from Dennis Ross

He seemed relaxed (but intense) while in town recently to plead with some of his onetime colleagues on behalf of state colleges.

But those of us who’ve been around for a minute know how ornery J.D. Alexander, the former Senate budget chief, can be when he gets his dander up.

Alexander is pondering a return to the upper chamber, but could face a formidable opponent in Rep. Ben Albritton.

Albritton, a Wauchula Republican, today shored up his bid for the sprawling rural Senate district that Alexander may run in by securing the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross.

“Ben Albritton is a committed and consistent conservative,” said Ross, a Lakeland Republican, a former state House member elected to Congress in 2010.

“He has a track record of principled leadership in the Florida House and his integrity and genuine concern for people have served his constituents well,” Ross said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing working with him when he is in the Florida Senate.”

Albritton — and perhaps Alexander — is running for District 26, now represented by Sen. Denise Grimsley, a Lake Placid Republican running for state agriculture commissioner (who’s got the backing of Alexander). The district includes parts of Polk, Charlotte and Lee counties and all of DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Highlands and Okeechobee counties.

Alexander, a Lake Wales Republican, left the Senate in 2012 because of term limits.

Posted by Lloyd Dunkelberger