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Trump Pulls Putnam Backers Toward DeSantis

Bernie Sanders endorsed Gillum.

Aug. 1, 2018, 10:22 a.m.

“Behind the scenes” of President Trump’s Tampa rally for Rep. Ron DeSantis (R), “donors who have long been with” state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam (R) “were meeting with the DeSantis campaign, the first signs of a coming peace treaty between Florida’s big political donors and DeSantis if he wins the nomination.”

“For DeSantis’ backers, the question isn’t if he’ll win the August 28 primary; it’s by how much. And some on Putnam’s team are heading for the exits. Wallets are closing for him and opening for DeSantis.” (Politico)

“Gov. Rick Scott (R) skipped the rally in Tampa, but ... Trump gave him a warm embrace and tore into ... Sen. Bill Nelson (D) as a puppet of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.”

Trump: “You know I live a lot of time in Florida. The only time I see Bill Nelson is five months before every election. And after a while, you forget, who's the senator. … We have to make sure that Rick Scott wins and wins big." (Tampa Bay Times)

Palm Beach real estate tycoon Jeff Greene (D) “fought megaphone duels with a street preacher, a Rastafarian and a Black Lives Matter activist trying to make his message heard in the raucous, muggy protest zone at the Trump rally at the state fairgrounds Tuesday. … The protest zone crowd, organized largely by Indivisible Action Tampa Bay, NextGen Florida and other progressive groups, reached 300 or more in a circus-like atmosphere, sweaty, muggy, but heavily policed and peaceful. … Greene's stop in Tampa was part of a statewide tour in a campaign bus decorated with ‘Trump's Worst Nightmare’ signs.” (Tampa Bay Times)

ENDORSEMENT. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) endorsed Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) on Wednesday.

Sanders: “As governor, Andrew Gillum will work to provide health care for all through a Medicare-for-All program, raise the minimum wage to a living wage, invest in sustainable energy, improve education, make sure the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share of taxes, and be welcoming to immigrants. Andrew has never backed down from a fight, including beating the NRA and standing up against xenophobic politicians.” (release)

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