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#FlaPol in Review: A weekend roundup

Catching you up to speed while you were away from the Twittersphere during the weekend.

Mother’s Day saw most pols message on the holiday. It turns out the issue isn’t partisan.

This week’s review includes some of the holiday’s highlights — whether it be vintage photos of your favorite Florida leaders and their mothers or unique takes on celebrating maternal parenthood.

But, as is standard for politics in the Sunshine State, the holiday didn’t slow the news cycle nor campaign activity.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who’s vying for Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson‘s seat, spent the weekend in Israel, where he welcomed the Donald Trump administration’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem Monday morning:

Meanwhile, Nelson took some time on Saturday to message his support for Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain:

Florida’s other U.S. Senator, Marco Rubio, has been miffed at the media. He isn’t holding back on Twitter:

In the statewide race for Governor, Republican Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam gave the internet a touching message and a throwback photo:

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, another Republican candidate for Governor, also went abroad this weekend to the Holy City:

On the Democratic side, former U.S. Sen. and former Florida Governor Bob Graham showed his daughter some fatherly support — and mom did too:

Meanwhile, Democratic Governor’s candidate Philip Levine, the former mayor of Miami Beach, opened yet another campaign office:

In South Florida, Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum spoke with Haitian-American voters:

Orlando businessman Chris King, another Dem gubernatorial candidate, opined on the economic benefits of investing in renewable energy:

South Florida Democratic Congressman Alcee Hastings had a political take on Mother’s Day:

Retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen took part in a photo shoot to campaign against LGBTQ intolerance:

Democratic U.S. House hopeful Nancy Soderberg, of Jacksonville, picked up one of the party’s coveted endorsements:

Republican Carlos Reyes, who’s challenging Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, showed he isn’t shying away from oppo during the 2018 midterm. 

At the state level, term-limited House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who announced last week he’ll be absent from the 2018 ballot, wondered publicly why he wasn’t invited to the Lightning playoff game:

Orlando Democratic state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith visited a mother on Sunday who lost her only son in the 2016 Pulse shooting (and it looks like Sen. Nelson did too):

Tampa Republican state Rep. Jamie Grant chimed in on Sen. McCain:

Altamonte Springs Republican state Rep. Bob Cortes reminded his followers who he’s backing in the U.S. Senate race:

And not too far away from Cortes, Longwood Democrat Tracey Kagan, who’s challenging area-incumbent state Rep. Scott Plakon, was pictured messaging on felons’ voting rights with Nelson.

Written By

Danny McAuliffe is a Tallahassee correspondent for Florida Politics. He is a graduate of Florida State University, where he served as the editor of the FSView & Florida Flambeau. He is a lifelong Floridian and indulges in swimming, hiking, running and memes when the news cycle permits. Reach him at

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