A new ad from Adam Putnam‘s political committee shows the candidate talking tough on illegal immigration as he continues his run to be Florida’s next governor.
The ad, released by Florida Grown PC, features Putnam in front of a prison while discussing his plans to change Florida’s immigration approach.
“There are many reasons to be mad about illegal immigration,” says Putnam in the ad.
“Here’s one we can’t stand for: Today, taxpayers in Florida are paying nearly a hundred million dollars a year to imprison criminal illegal aliens. A hundred million dollars to feed, clothe and house criminal illegal aliens.”
The ad gives no citation for that $100 million figure, though the campaign pointed to Putnam’s own “Secure Florida First Agenda” plan. While that document has citations throughout, no source is given for that exact figure.
The Florida Democratic Party pounced on Putnam for the claim. Its spokesman, Kevin Donohoe, said “Adam Putnam isn’t just running against Ron DeSantis — he’s running against the truth.”
He pointed to fact-checkers’ analysis of the $100 million figure, saying, “It’s a blatantly false claim that has already been debunked by PolitiFact. But that didn’t seem to bother Putnam, whose campaign has officially gone fact-free.”
Nevertheless, Putnam feels that any amount spent is too much. “We need to support President [Donald] Trump’s plan to secure our borders and ban sanctuary cities. We need to protect taxpayers and deport violent criminals now.”
The 30-second ad will appear on cable and broadcast statewide beginning Tuesday. It also features Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco and Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods, all of whom have endorsed Putnam is his primary challenge against Ron DeSantis.
Notably, DeSantis has earned the support of President Trump, whom Putnam cites in his new ad.
The DeSantis campaign slammed Putnam’s new ad. “There’s no doubt that Ron DeSantis exposed Putnam’s weak record on immigration in front of millions of viewers during the debate and now he’s on the defensive,” said David Vasquez, press secretary for the DeSantis campaign.
“Putnam’s record on immigration is crystal clear. He voted with Nancy Pelosi against securing our southern border, supported the Gang of Eight amnesty bill and fought against E-Verify in Florida. Suddenly facing a conservative opponent, Putnam is convinced he can somehow rewrite his own record to win over Florida conservatives.”