Shoaf posted the comment on his political Facebook page shortly after.
The recommendation from Clemons gives Shoaf his second endorsement from a Florida official -- the first came when U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz endorsed him. No other Republican candidate in the race has received an endorsement from a state lawmaker.
Clemons, 61, represents House District 21. He was first elected in 2016, before winning reelection this past October. The Gilchrist Republican serves on numerous committees and subcommittees, including the State of Affairs Committee and the Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee -- which he is the Chair. He is also the Vice Chair of the Insurance & Banking Subcommittee.
While Shoaf leads in the endorsement department, the Vice President of St. Joe Gas also has an advantage in the fundraising department -- overtaking opponent Mike Watkins in March.
The two have been entrenched in a battle as of late, with both Republicans labeling the other as a liberal candidate. Watkins has sent out nasty flyers, labeling Shoaf as a Democrat. Shoaf addressed these accusations in his recent campaign ad.
Meanwhile, Shoaf's team has taken aim at Watkins' 2013 campaign contribution to Andrew Gillum. Watkins has yet to respond to this. You can view the $300 donation made by Watkins to Gillum by clicking here (#931).
Both men, along with Lynda Bell and Virginia Fuller, are set to meet at an upcoming debate this Thursday in Monticello, Florida. The debate will be hosted by RoundTable Politics, and the event will be the final opportunity for voters in the district to hear from all four candidates.
Note: it has been rumored that Watkins may not attend this event. His campaign is stating that he has something else planned. We've made numerous attempts to reach out to Watkins campaign, but no one has returned our messages.