Mr. Putnam Wants to Go to Tallahassee

Bartow Rep. Adam Putnam
Bartow Rep. Adam Putnam
BARTOW (2009-02-03) -

Adam Putnam has filed papers to run for the Florida Agriculture Commissioner. He's been in Congress for eight years after being elected at age 26. But Putnam, who hails from a longtime Bartow citrus and ranching family, says agricultural issues are what first got him interested in politics.

"I am looking forward to issues that are near and dear to my heart, with agriculture and consumer issues," Putnam says, "and the challenge of being able to manage a department and sit on the board of directors of the state of Florida as a cabinet member, without having to get 217 other people agree with the direction you want to go."

When asked if he considered the Ag Commissioner as a stepping stone to eventual run for governor, Putnam says he is harboring no ambitions other than dealing with the state's agriculture and consumer issues.

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