The back and forth between Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Congressman Ron DeSantis has grown since President Donald Trump endorsed Congressman via twitter. Since then, DeSantis has surged in the polls, and he is now planning a trip to visit areas in South Florida that are being affected by the growing toxic algae.
In the last gubernatorial debate, Congressman DeSantis criticized Big Sugar, which has been blamed for making the algae issue worse, and he also criticized Putnam’s ties to Big Sugar, calling Putnam an “errand boy.” DeSantis further attacked by saying that Commissioner Putnam … will not do anything that offends U.S. Sugar who is his main supporter. At the end of the day, if you let one company call the shots we’re going to continue to end up having the problem. Nobody should get special treatment.”
In response to this, Meredith Beatrice, Putnam’s campaign spokeswoman, said that the Agricultural Commissioner is the “only candidate with a plan and a track record of protecting Florida’s Golden Goose: water.”
Congressman DeSantis is scheduled to visit Englewood, Florida where he will also hold a roundtable discussion with local business owners.
Putnam is also going to embark on a statewide tour that will span 20 cities where he is likely to talk on the growing toxic algae concern that Florida is facing.