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#FlaPol in Review: A weekend roundup

Consider this a highlight reel of the weekend’s #FlaPol Twitter.

Kicking off our review is former Gov. Jeb Bush‘s eulogy of his late mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush, who passed away last week. Jeb Bush’s words resonated across party lines, as shown through universal support online. If you haven’t already, check it out:

On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott celebrated 46 years of marriage with his wife Ann Scott. His latest tweets between his campaign and official accounts have since focused on Puerto Rico. On Monday morning, the Governor met with his island counterpart, Gov. Ricardo Rossello.

In the statewide race to replace Scott, candidates are keeping active in the Twittersphere seven days a week — the exception being Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, whose account remained quiet over the weekend.

DeSantis’ primary opponent, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, however, appeared busy. And along the campaign trail, something very Putnam-esque happened to his canvassers:

On the Democratic side, two big events took place over the weekend. The Democratic Black Caucus of Florida hosted candidates in Orlando, and Hillsborough County Dems held their Spring Fling event.

Former Congresswoman and Democratic candidate Gwen Graham made a point of celebrating Earth Day. Most politicians, Republicans and Democrats alike, did as well — but it looks like Graham campaigned on the subject, promising to “FIGHT … BAN … and RESTORE.”:

In Tampa, former Miami Beach Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine stumped at the Black Business Bus Tour:

At the DBCFL meeting, Tallahassee Mayor and Governor candidate Andrew Gillum is pictured front and center:

Orlando businessman Chris King exhibited at the Spring Fling his ability to capture an audience’s attention:

Meanwhile, the race for Attorney General chugged on. Former Hillsborough Judge Ashley Moody, a Republican candidate, spoke to voters in West Pasco:

AG candidate and Republican state Rep. Frank White, of Pensacola, attracted ears in Osceola County:

Tampa state Rep. Sean Shaw, also an AG candidate, trekked behind his party’s gubernatorial candidates. He also hit the Black Business Bus Tour stop in Tampa:

Agriculture Commissioner candidate Denise Grimsley, who seems to be finding time in every nook of Florida, received some support from her chamber colleague, state Sen. Rene Garcia:

State Rep. Matt Caldwell, who’s competing against Grimsley and also covers the state extensively via his #2lanetravels, attended a memorial service for the two slain Gilchrist County officers.

Jimmy Patronis, who’s running for reelection in the Chief Financial Officer race, received some unscientific, but still reassuring support.

Democratic CFO candidate Jeremy Ring had a chance to speak at the Hillsborough Spring Fling:

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, who’s seeking reelection to his Treasure Coast district, used Earth Day to message on Lake Okeechobee:

Orlando Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, on the other hand, used the holiday to flex her angling skills — and to message on preservation:

Republican state Rep. Bob Cortes, of Altomonte Springs, qualified for the ballot last week. Over the weekend he received support from Ryan Petty, who lost a child in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre:

Orlando Democratic state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith posed alongside other Dems ahead of a Planned Parenthood event:

Northeast Florida state Rep. Cord Byrd attended fight night, also known as Jacksonville’s Guns ‘n Hoses event. Sponsored each year by the Fraternal Order of Police, the charitable event pits law enforcement officers and firefighters against each other in friendly boxing matches.

You can’t talk about fight club, but I guess you can tweet about it:

Orlando Republican state Rep. Rene Plasencia, or ‘Coach P,’ isn’t showing any signs of stagnation in his reelection bid:

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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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