One of the leading social and religious conservative groups in Florida threw its support behind Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam to be the Sunshine State’s next governor.
At an event in Central Florida on Wednesday, Putnam announced the support of Florida Family Action (FFA). The FFA Board of Directors, including its chairman Lakeland Mayor Bill Mutz, unanimously backed Putnam.
John Stemberger, the president and general counsel of Florida Family Action, said Putnam would fight for conservative values.
“As governor, Adam Putnam will work and fight to protect all human life at all stages,” Putnam said. “He will work to pass laws to support families in Florida and will support laws which protect rights of conscience and the privacy and dignity of women. And finally, and perhaps most importantly, Adam will appoint judges that understand their limited role as interpreters of the law and prevent activist judges from legislating from the bench.”
Stemberger promised to rally Christian voters across the Sunshine State to help Putnam.
“We will...work over the next five months to educate and mobilize millions of Christians across Florida, both Catholic and Protestant, along with many other people of faith, to vote for Adam Putnam,” Stemberger said. “ He not only shares our faith and values, but he just as importantly respects those that do not. We are confident that he will fight just as hard to protect the rights of people of faith to speak and act according to their religion as he will to protect those who have views that disagree.”
“I am honored to have the endorsement of Florida Family Action,” Putnam said. “My faith shapes everything about my life, including how my wife Melissa and I raise our family and my approach to public policy. Florida’s families, conservative values and religious freedom are under attack by a coarsening society that wants to erode these fundamental rights. As governor, I will not only protect these fundamental rights, but I will work with Florida’s faith-based communities to collaborate and support them in their mission to serve Florida families.”
Putnam faces U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., and other candidates, including Bob White who leads the Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida, in the GOP primary at the end of August.