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Is Adam Putnam still pushing offshore oil drilling?

Scott Maddox, Democratic candidate for Florida commissioner of agriculture, is trying to portray his Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam, as supporting oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico -- despite the recent oil spill.

"While the oil slick has not yet made it to Florida’s shores, it gets closer and closer with every day that goes by," Maddox wrote to campaign supporters. "It’s nothing short of a ticking time bomb for our incredible beaches and tourism economy.

"The Florida legislative leaders who pushed for oil drilling in state waters – as close as three miles from our beaches – have even backed off. But not Putnam. He doubled down saying all energy sources, including oil drilling in the Gulf, should be considered just days after the oil spill started."

PolitiFact Florida examines Putnam's position on oil drilling post Gulf oil platform explosion here.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:40am]

    

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