The ongoing intra-party scuffle between Gov. Rick Scott and Speaker Richard Corcoran could see their budgetary differences spill over into the 2018 primary election cycle.
It is still far to early in the primary election season for Gov. Scott to pick a horse in the race to replace Attorney General Pam Bondi, but I wouldn’t put it past him to back loyalist Rep. Jay Fant (R-Jacksonville), who just announced that he is running to be the next Attorney General of Florida.
Fant has been pushing back against Corcoran’s efforts to completely scrap Enterprise Florida, so it would go without saying that Fant is in position to receive help from the governor and his allies.
During a state fly-around to promote his candidacy, Fant phoned in an interview to the Shark Tank upon landing in Tampa, Florida.
When we asked him his thoughts about how current AG Pam Bondi was doing, Fant stated that he believed Bondi has “done a great job” and would “continue many of the things that she (Pam Bondi) has emphasized” during her stint as the state’s top law enforcement official.
Fant, who says he has a “hard edge on the Constitution,” said he would follow in Bondi’s footsteps on the issues of illegal immigration, fighting drug addiction and human trafficking, as well vowing to protect police officers from “ridiculous,highly questionable, and “selectively video editing” done by news sources that has cast a dark shadow on law enforcement.
Fant says he will also focus on protecting “religious liberties,” as well as being “heavy on gun rights.”
Being a big supporter of open-carry, and now that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) has moved up to Washington, D.C., Fant could become the state’s new Yosemite Sam of gun rights.
“I’m all open carry.”-Rep. Jay Fant