Florida was pummeled by hurricanes in 2017, a devastating opioid epidemic, and a woefully inadequate response to both by Governor Rick Scott and the Trump administration as a whole.
Putnam will have to take ownership of outgoing Governor Rick Scott’s record, which has focused on cutting funding for public schools, veterans and health care – while serving up huge handouts and giveaways to his campaign funders.
Republicans in Congress are hell bent on taking away healthcare from 873,000 Floridians and cutting Florida’s Medicare funding by $2 billion. Florida’s own Sen. Marco Rubio has admitted that they’re considering funding huge tax breaks for the wealthiest few by cutting Social Security and Medicare. Ask 1 in 5 Floridians who are over the age of 65 how they feel about that – their response spells trouble for Putnam.
But Putnam isn’t just running during a difficult time.