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Eric Draper vs. Scott Maddox vs. Adam Putnam

Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Eric Draper says he exceeded his fundraising goals this quarter, but the $36,000 he said he raised (donors included Jim Davis, Buddy MacKay, Sandy D'Alembert) is sure not going to scare off newly announced candidate Scott Maddox.

"The more competition the better ... As far as I can tell I'm the only one in the race who's not a former politician,'' said Draper. "I'm not sure what Scott's motivation is. Mine has to do with a continuation of what I've already done -- preserving Florida farmland, keeping Florida green," and helping agriculture and environmental interests work together.

Former state Democratic party chairman and Tallahassee Mayor Maddox will surely be formidable. He's an experienced statewide candidate with a fundraising networks in Tallahassee, the League of Cities and the Democratic Party. Maddox, who refers to Adam Putnam as "Tom DeLay's protege," acknowledged to Buzz that he'll take hits for the party under his watch for failing to pay payroll and Social Security taxes in 2003, though the problem was attributed to a troubled accountant.

"I'll take responsibility for that,'' Maddox said. "And Adam Putnam should take responsibility for being on the finance committee of the Republican Congress and leading us into the worst recession since the Great Depression."


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:51pm]


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