John Stemberger, Florida Family Action to join Adam Putnam bid for Governor
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John Stemberger and the political arm of his Florida Family Policy Council have called a news conference Wednesday with Adam Putnam — presumably to endorse the Republican’s run for governor.

Florida Family Action, the 501[c][4] supporting the political work of the Florida Family Policy Council, has set the event with Putnam at Stemberger’s Orlando law office in Orlando, for “an important announcement in the race for Florida’s next governor,” according to a news advisory.

Florida Family Policy Council is on the front lines of the ultraconservative Christian crusade fighting to outlaw abortion, oppose the gay rights movement as an agenda “to abolish the traditional, Judeo-Christian view of human sexuality, marriage and family,” and challenge the teaching of evolution as science in schools.

The group argues all those issues are both bad policy and in violation of Biblical teachings.

Florida Family Action also offers its takes on a variety of other matters, ranging from campaigning against gambling and human trafficking to opposing “hate crime” laws, which the organization believes has a chilling effect on freedom of speech.

At the Florida Family Policy Council’s annual dinner in May, both Putnam and his Republican primary opponent, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, came to make presentations, the first time the pair had appeared together.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected].


One comment

  • Bill Monroe

    June 19, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Candidate for Florida governor Adam Putnam has decided to descend into a dark rabbit hole. Putnam has aligned with Sheriff Grady Judd on a hate driven commercial on locking up immigrants, and those who use medical marijuana. Now the Florida Family Action group who are antigay, and believe man walked with dinosaurs are joining with Putnam. Putnam has opted for hate and division as his platform. Is this a man you want as governor?

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