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Reno supports Castor’s run for Senate

Former USF President Betty Castor received former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno’s endorsement in her run for the U.S. Senate Monday.

Reno chose Castor over two other prominent Democratic candidates who are seeking retiring Sen. Bob Graham’s seat, both of which are from her home base of South Florida. Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas and U.S. Rep. Peter Deutsch of Pembroke Pines hope they can keep Graham’s seat to stop Republicans from expanding their 51-48 majority in the Senate.

Reno said Castor’s long commitment to bolster education and environment would serve Florida well and would not say why she did not pick Penelas or Deutsch.

“I try not to talk negatives,” Reno said in a St. Petersburg Times article.

Reno said she would try to help Castor in any way she could, including helping Castor’s campaign in fund-raising.

Castor served as Florida’s commissioner of education from 1987 to 1993 before becoming USF’s president. She was president until 1999, when she left and became president of National Board for Professional Teaching Students.Castor could not be reached for comment Monday.

Reno sought the Democratic nomination for Florida’s governor last year but was beaten by Tampa attorney Bill McBride.