Vice President Mike Pence gave a shout-out to state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam (R) at an annual state party event in the Orlando area Thursday.
Pence: “Your agricultural lead here in Florida is an old friend of mine. I served with him when he was about 10 years old in the Congress of the United States. Adam Putnam, I am so honored to see you tonight.” (release)
HELP FROM MY FRIENDS. Former state House Majority Leader Jim Davis (D), former state Rep. Dwight Dudley (D), and St. Petersburg councilman Karl Nurse (D) endorsed former Rep. Gwen Graham “D). (release)
YOU AIN’T GOT JACK. “The question was straightforward: Does the Florida state Senate have a sexual harassment problem? But” state Sen. Jack Latvala (R), “who was recently caught on camera kissing a lobbyist, made the issue all about him when asked the question on Thursday in front of a gaggle of reporters for the annual Associated Press pre-session planning day at the Capitol. … Before the combative exchange with statehouse reporters, the powerful GOP legislator, who’s running for governor, lashed out at his political opponents — without naming them — for hiring a private investigator who circulated the photos of him kissing the lobbyist, telling reporters he believes there’s ‘an organized effort to tear down the Senate.’ … He also blasted POLITICO for publishing a story Monday night about the photos, which were given to the political website. Latvala has vehemently denied any romantic relationship and the lobbyist sent POLITICO a sworn statement to the same effect.” (Politico)
MORGAN REPORT. “Last month, Orlando attorney and likely Florida gubernatorial candidate John Morgan pledged to fork out $1 million of his own money to help campaign for a statewide $15 minimum wage, but some employees at his own companies don’t even make that much.”
Morgan: “I can tell what angle you’re getting at with this story, and it’s bullshit.” (Orlando Weekly)
Morgan challenged all of the gubernatorial candidates to weigh in for or against marijuana legalization. Some responded. (Florida Politics)