The current Florida Agriculture Commissioner, Adam Putnam, took a beating at the ballot box on August 28th in the Republican gubernatorial primary. Despite the loss, the state-wide media is still unloading on Putnam while ignoring the actions of one gubernatorial candidate still running for office.
The report by the Tampa Bay Times on Putnam hiring 27 year-old Clay Hollis -who has family ties to the Lakeland based Publix corporation – to a $91,000 a year state job is certainly newsworthy.
However, it is hard to understand why the involvement of current gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum in awarding a contract that will benefit his friend, campaign donor, travel companion, and lobbyist – Sean Pittman – is not on the front page of newspapers in Florida.
Pittman, along with lobbyist Adam Corey, were part of a group that traveled with Andrew Gillum to Costa Rica. The trip is the subject of an ethics complaint.
In a public meeting of the Tallahassee City Commission last week -with reporters present – Gillum’s office recommended the city commission approve a contract that would benefit Mr. Pittman and then Gillum voted for the agenda item.
There was no state-wide media report on the vote.