With state Senator Jack Latvala (R) throwing his hat into the 2018 Republican gubernatorial sweepstakes, joining Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the growing field of candidates, all eyes are now on Speaker Richard Corcoran’s next move.
The married father of six (yes, six children) Corcoran is expected to run of governor as well, but won’t make a formal decision to run or not until after next year’s legislative session.
During an address he gave to the Southwest Broward Republican Organization (SWBRO) in Pembroke Pines, Florida, Corcoran called out both Latvala and Putnam for the recent comments the two made criticizing Governor Rick Scott over the state’s current economy.
Corcoran defended the governor by reminding the group that under Scott’s watch, Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 4%, 1.2 million jobs have been created, and “more taxes and regulations” were cut “than in any point in Florida’s history,” adding that Florida was now ranked first in the nation for fiscal prosperity.
“The people that want to succeed our governor are criticizing him for the great growth and the great prosperity we have in the state.”- Speaker Richard Corcoran