The bowtie is back, and could become a staple in Florida politics.
Well, at least that is what state Rep. Matt Caldwell (R-Lehigh Acres) hopes for.
The bowtie-wearing Caldwell is officially a candidate for Agriculture Commissioner, announcing his intentions to run for the cabinet position shortly after current AG Commissioner Adam Putnam filed to run for Governor of Florida.
While there was no secret that Caldwell was going to run, when he would officially announce was a closely kept secret.
Caldwell sent this statement to the POLITICO:
“I am seeking this opportunity to give back and to serve the people of the great State of Florida…I have filed to run for Commissioner of Agriculture in order to continue our work together, fighting for and building upon the important issues we’ve tackled in the Florida House.”
Republican State Senator Denise Grimsley of Sebring and Paul Paulson of Orlando have already announced that they would also run for the job.
While Caldwell has the early cash-on-had upper hand with $660,000 sitting in his political campaign committee, the seat is considered wide open, with some Tallahassee consultants saying that Grimsley could be the odds-on favorite.