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Why David Jolly is skipping the kickoff to Adam Putnam's gubernatorial campaign



Okay, the “Friends of Florida Agriculture Barbecue” Saturday honoring Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and organized by his soft money political committee is not technically a gubernatorial campaign event for the likely 2018 candidate for governor. But Putnam hosting a forum for Republican U.S. Senate candidates at Ben Hill Griffin’s Peace River Ranch Saturday certainly indicates Putnam is stepping forward to take the torch as the Florida GOP's standardbearer.

"U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Todd Wilcox will share their vision for Florida and the nation, and Commissioner Putnam will make remarks and share his vision for Florida,''' says a news release. "The event is hosted by the Florida Grown Political Committee, an organization established by Putnam to help achieve his vision for Florida – a place where jobs are plentiful, quality education is accessible, and freedom and liberty flourish."

Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Jolly of nearby Pinellas County could not attend because he was in the Middle East on a national security and intelligence trip meeting with the prime ministers of Israel and Turkey, the king of Saudi Arabia and the president of Egypt.

A spokesman for Republican Senate candidate Carlos Beruff said he has another family commitment Saturday.

[Last modified: Friday, April 1, 2016 10:05am]


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