Adam Putnam's big spending record
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam's headline-grabbing criticism of fellow Republican Rick Scott over expanding Medicaid highlighted just how much the governor flip-flopped on government spending and entitlement programs.
But Putnam has a more extensive record of supporting expensive entitlements and big-government spending.
As a member of Congress from 2001 to 2011, Putnam voted for budget-busting legislation — including the massive Medicare prescription-drug entitlement program estimated to cost nearly $1 trillion over a decade. Putnam also stuffed the federal budget with hometown-spending and helped override vetoes by President George W. Bush on what the White House called a "fiscally irresponsible" Medicare bill and a $300 billion farm bill.
Now, years later, Putnam called Scott's call to expand Medicaid irresponsible, costly and "naive."