Adam Putnam speaks in Tampa
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05/27/09 Mitch E. Perry
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Polk County Republican Adam Putnam is in his ninth year representing Florida’s 12th Congressional District in Washington. But the hard charging lawmaker, who in 2006 became the third highest-ranking Republican in the House, is now going through a career change. He’s still a politician, but after the 2008 elections, he resigned his post as Conference Chairman, and announced shortly afterward he would not run for re-election in 2010, but instead would become a candidate for Agriculture Commissioner.

Putnam was in downtown Tampa today to give a speech at the University Club, sponsored by the legal firm of Gray Robinson. He spoke about the concerns he has about Barack Obama's plan to reform health care and about the cap and trade energy bill.

He also spoke about critically about food safety.

Politico.Com reported yesterday that Republican House Conference Chairman Mike Pence from Indiana handed a series of talking points to GOP members as they headed home to their districts for the Memorial Day Recess. Those comments related to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her comment that the CIA misled her in a 2002 briefing about enhanced interrogation techniques. WMNF asked Putnam about that.

Yesterday, Polk County State Sen. Paula Dockery said she might consider running for governor despite the wishes of state party Chairman Jim Greer to not have a contested primary in the governor’s race. It follows Greer being admonished by local state parties for attempting to unite behind Charlie Crist in the Senate race. Putnam said it’s par for the course.

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