Ag Commish stare down at Gov's Club
Florida Congressman Adam Putnam was in Tallahassee this evening to stir up a buzz about his potential bid for state agriculture commissioner. He dropped by the Governor's Club but soon had company: Sen. Carey Baker, R-Eustis, who is officially running for the job.
Just before Baker arrived, Putnam's putative successor, Rep. Seth McKeel of Lakeland, stopped by with Publix lobbyist Randy Roberts. Asked about the rumor he would try to replace Putnam if the congressman runs for AG commissioner, McKeel just smiled.
Inside the Club, Putnam and Baker made the rounds with lobbyists, lining up potential donors for but seeking for something more immediate, too. "It's all about stirring up gossip," remarked one lobbyist.
As if the Tallahassee orbit could not get smaller, current Commissioner Charlie Bronson was inside as well. Putnam and Baker both kissed the ring. Walking back to the Capitol, Bronson was asked if Putnam was in. "It sure looks like he's running," he said.
-- Marc Caputo and Alex Leary