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Jeb Bush: Keep Jimmy Patronis as State CFO

January 4, 2018 - 6:30pm
Jeb Bush and Jimmy Patronis
Jeb Bush and Jimmy Patronis

On Thursday, former Gov. Jeb Bush announced he was supporting state CFO Jimmy Patronis’ effort to stay at his current post. 

Patronis was named to the post by Gov. Rick Scott last year after Jeff Atwater resigned to take a position at Florida Atlantic University. State Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, is expected to challenge Patronis in the Republican primary at the end of August. Lee ran for the CFO post in 2006 but lost to Democrat Alex Sink in the general election. 

Bush praised Patronis and pointed to his record in the private sector.  

“Jimmy Patronis is a tireless worker and completely devoted to doing what’s best for Florida above all else,” Bush said. “Those qualities are all too rare in politics, and essential for a statewide leader who is charged with keeping Florida in excellent financial health and overseeing our insurance market to ensure all Floridians are treated fairly. As a small businessman, Jimmy understands how to keep our state growing by securing high credit ratings, and through his role as State Fire Marshal, Jimmy is protecting those who protect us by fighting for improved mental health and cancer benefits for Florida fire fighters. I am proud to support Jimmy as he campaigns for another term as CFO.”

Patronis looked to tie himself to both Bush and Scott on Thursday, saying that their support will help his first statewide campaign. Before being named to his current post, Patronis served in the state House and on the Public Service Commission (PSC). 

 “I am humbled to have the support of Governor Jeb Bush,” Patronis said. “The mark he forever left on Florida as a successful two-term governor has been a tremendous influence on me and he will continue to be someone who’s counsel I am honored to have. Governor Bush’s support, along with Governor Rick Scott’s, is giving our campaign tremendous momentum as we kick off 2018.”

Former state Sen. Jeremy Ring is running for the Democratic nomination in the CFO race. 


I recently had the opportunity to meet and hear Jimmy Patronis speak and I was pleasantly surprised. In his short time as CFO I believe that he has improved the office tremendously. As a business person he understands the scales of efficiency and he seems to be the Chief in charge of the Indians. (example - payroll for the state agencies has been a 7 day a week operation as opposed to streamlining into the regular work week which he is incorporating). It really doesn't make a difference to me if Jeb Bush has endorsed him or not or anyone else for that matter, I choose to evaluate candidates for public office and make my own INFORMED decisions. We need more people in office that have made payroll not a paycheck collector.

you must be an employee of the family restaurant or a campaign worker

This guy appears to need too many "crutches" to keep him up; and the "Jeb Bush crutch" is a "foot short"... And, as a result, a "Bush crutch" seems to make THEIR particular candidate choices move along in herky-jerky circles...trying to determine the directions to the United Nations in NY, or Brussels, Belgium.

Low Energy Bush is trying to stay relevant. Not working. Low Energy doesn't realize that nobody cares what he thinks, he was exposed as a New World Order Shill and probably would be happier in the Democrat Party. JEB looked like a good Governor only because he was compared to his predecessor Lawton Chiles and Successor Charlie Crist.

RC that is a bunch of BS. Jeb was a GREAT Governor---he had vision and passion---and governed guided by deeply held principles.

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