I've voted for President Donald Trump twice, once in the primary and then again in the general election. I think he is doing a great job; our economy is strong, and I support his trade stance and immigration policies. I plan to vote for him a third time in 2020.
I’m also going to vote for Adam Putnam as the next governor of Florida. I’m simply voting for the candidate with Florida’s best interest at heart.
Putnam has laid out his vision for Florida. It’s an aggressive agenda that includes education, economic growth, tax reduction, public safety and protecting Florida’s environment.
Of course, having clean and abundant water is essential to our state on many levels. Adam Putnam recognizes that fact. To map a logical water future, the next governor will have to work with federal and state agencies, citizens, industry, farmers and environmentalists. It will be no easy task.
But Adam Putnam has built this type of consensus his entire career.
He first served the citizens of Florida in the state House, then in Washington and now as a statewide elected official. He has gained irreplaceable and valuable experience at each stop. His service educated him on how the Florida and federal legislative process works and how to be an effective leader in this arena. In the U.S. House of Representatives, where Adam’s colleagues recognized his conservative values and intelligence, he quickly rose in leadership roles.
As commissioner of agriculture he has promoted Florida agriculture through a downturn in the economy and protected untold consumers from Florida scams such a gas station skimmers and robocalls to elderly. He has positioned Florida farming as a $120 billion global agricultural industry. Commissioner Putnam also faced many tough decisions as one of four state Cabinet members alongside the governor, the chief financial officer and the attorney general.
Putnam’s campaign for governor is about conservatism. He wants to give every student access to quality education and training to succeed, while cutting taxes and burdensome regulation and keeping gun rights as allowed by the Second Amendment. Commissioner Putnam knows what it takes to keep schools safe and is endorsed by two-thirds of the 67 Florida sheriffs.
Adam is Florida to the core. Do not underestimate the importance of this character trait. He comes from a multigenerational Florida family that operates a citrus and cattle business in the heart of Polk County. He has personally visited every part of the state. I once heard he could name all 67 counties. He cares about the environment, the tourism, the jobs and the families that make Florida well… Florida.
A vote for Putnam is NOT a vote against President Trump, but to keep Florida great.
So on Aug. 28, I urge Florida Republicans to vote for the gubernatorial candidate who best understands Florida, its communities and its future: Adam Putnam.
Marty McKenna of Sebring is president of McKenna & Associates Citrus, which operates in Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties.