Former Navy vet running against Putnam
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09/08/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Democrats in Washington are hoping they can increase their control of the House of Representatives this election year. In the Tampa Bay area, they’re targeting Gus Bilirakis in Florida’s Ninth District, and supporting Christine Jennings against GOP freshman Vern Buchanan in Florida's 13th District.

One race where they are not allocating many resources is Florida’s 12th District, where Republican Adam Putnam is seeking a fifth term in office. He’s running against Democrat Doug Tudor. Tudor retired earlier this year from the U.S. Navy, and acknowledges his odds of winning aren’t great.

WMNF met up with Tudor on Labor Day at the Florida Fairgrounds, where other candidates and elected officials courted potential voters.

Florida’s 12th Congressional District includes much of Polk, as well as parts of eastern Hillsborough and a small part of Osceola County.

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Tudor Will Represent

While Doug Tudor may not have the financial resources and benefit of incumbency that Putnam enjoys, I believe his military backgound and solid middle-class upbringing make him more able to understand the people of the 12th district and therefore make him a better representative for the district. Putnam can't represent what he's never known, that is, what it means to be a working man from a working family. Doug Tudor has degrees in Political Science and Law; he has military experience that Putnam lacks. What does Putnam have except his family's money? The choice is clear to me, elect Doug Tudor.