Rick Santorum received the endorsement of former Ft. Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle at a campaign stop in Coral Springs, Florida on Sunday.

Santorum on Saturday came in third behind Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney in the South Carolina primary.

In introducing Santorum, Naugle said Florida conservatives have “really only one choice.”

“And when you look at the candidate we're here to support today, his unwavering support for the unborn, his unwavering support for the second amendment. He's the only candidate left standing that has a position on repealing Obamacare that makes any sense.”

In 2007, Naugle, as mayor of Ft. Lauderdale, launched a campaign to rid the city's parks of gay men. He said he had ordered police to arrest men accused of having sex in park restrooms because he was protecting children, but later added that he was saving lives from HIV. Yet, from the beginning of the controversy police reported few problems in the parks.

He also found himself in hot water later that year when he said, “I use the word homosexual. Most of them aren't gay; they're unhappy.”

(Related: Rick Santorum's Florida Chairman O'Neal Dozier: Gays make God vomit.)