The Tampa Bay Times published a devastating new story on yet another scandal for former Republican primary frontrunner Adam Putnam. According to the Times, on multiple occasions Putnam’s Department of Agriculture looked the other way or gave slaps on the wrist to companies that donated to Putnam’s campaigns after they poisoned workers with pesticides. One of the poisoning instances was called “one of the worst pesticide exposure cases in more than a decade.” The pesticide came from a plane hired by Duda Farms, one of Putnam’s largest donors. According to the Times, a day after the poisoning, Duda wrote Putnam a check. Putnam’s office gave a small fine to the pilot, not the company that bankrolled Putnam’s campaigns.
“The culture of corruption coming from Putnam’s office is stunning and could have gotten people killed,” said American Bridge spokesperson Zach Hudson. “Workers were poisoned, but because the company that poisoned them bankrolled […]Read more after the jump.