In latest swipe at right, Adam Putnam camp makes issue of Ron DeSantis’ Koch support

Ron DeSantis and Adam Putnam

As the gubernatorial campaign of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam moves forward, the former Republican front-runner finds his operation in the awkward position of warring with prominent elements on the right.

Wednesday, Putnam’s camp spotlighted U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis garnering support from the Koch brothers.

Hours before President Donald Trump‘s rally supporting DeSantis’ campaign in Tampa, Trump blasted the “globalist” Kochs, saying he didn’t “need their money or bad ideas.”

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DeSantis, who worked hard for the Kochs’ backing even before getting into the governor’s race, has been endorsed and is benefiting from direct mail against Adam Putnam.

Putnam’s camp wondered: “Is DeSantis happy to accept millions from people against strengthening our borders and negotiating powerful trade deals?”

Contacted for comment, DeSantis’ campaign manager Brad Herold noted that “[u]nlike Amnesty Adam we’re in the stage of the campaign where people are joining it, not leaving it.”

That comment is a reference to reporting from multiple sources suggesting that enthusiasm is flagging among Putnam supporters, many of whom got in early, when Putnam was the prohibitive front-runner in polls.

It was only last week that Putnam went on the offense against DeSantis’ support of the Fair Tax, which would phase out the federal income tax structure and replace it with a simple excise tax on all purchases.

Though considered a regressive measure by some economists and analysts, even on the right, the attack was most notable for inviting active antagonism from Neal Boortz, the conservative talk radio host who has long championed the proposal.

Putnam seems to be evading Boortz, even after days of attempts at dialogue from the “talkmaster.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


One comment

  • Stephen Eldridge

    August 1, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    The only reason that Boortz is trying to debate Putnam , is that he knows that Putnam knows even less about the FAIRtax (“FT”) than Boortz knows – yes I know Boortz co-authored 2 books about it, but they are nothing more than loads of propaganda hot air. To the best of my knowledge, Boortz had no expertise in taxation nor economics. Exactgly what made him an expert?

    In the comment to this article (https://floridapolitics.com/archives/269718-adam-putnam-committee-ad-hits-ron-desantis-for-sponsoring-fair-tax-bill?) Boortz invited me to debate
    him on the FT, without any pre-conditions. After I accepted his offer, gladly, I discovered that Boortz LIED to another commenter (Mason F. Day) telling Mason that he offered to debate me, IF I could gin up an audience.

    The bully Boortz has Chutzpah! HE, his FT pal Herman Cain, and the AFFT, all with their supposedly large followings, are asking ME (one retiredtax lawyer/CPA, with a laptop) to gin up an audience. That is laughable, as is Boortz’s integrity.

    It’s been almost a week and Boortz has not responded to my acceptance of his offer to ME.
    As bullies do, he is hiding, hoping that I will go away so that he does not have to debate me.

    Boortz lied when he said that Putnam lied. Putnam UNDERSTATED the problem (just one of many fatal flaws) of the FT – it is a 30% federal sales tax, NOT 23%. If an item costs $100 BEFORE adding FT, you would add $30 (NOT $23) and the total would be $130. They deceptively state (they wrote the statute that way) the 23% rate as $30 divided by the $130, total. That is most deceptive and they know that they have succeeeded in fooling most people (including Putnam).

    Boortz is a big bag of wind. The FT Emperor has no clothes. He is the little Wizard of Oz, pretendi ng to be big, all-knowing and scary. Like many bullies, Boortz is a coward.

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