Adam Putnam wants to be your next Governor of the State of Florida and he addressed a standing room only crowd Tuesday morning at the Gazebo Coffee Shoppe in Marianna. Those gathered to hear what Putnam had to say didn’t seem to mind not having a seat for everyone as they listened intently to what Putnam had to say. He took time to visit one-on-one to all who had a question or input for him.
Adam Putnam welcomed everyone and thanked them for a great turnout and he wasted no time letting his audience know what he stood for, “Well, it’s a pleasure to be here in Jackson County at Gazebo Coffee Shoppe sharing my grassroots message about how we are going to put Florida first. I’m the candidate running for Governor of Florida, who knows every corner of our state. I know Florida best, and I’ve always put Florida first. Putting our school children first. Putting our rural communities in a position where they can be competitive, and not be left behind by a rapidly growing state. Making sure small towns and big cities have to make Florida a launch pad for the American dream.”
In an interview after his meet and greet, when asked about bring back vocational education, Putnam said, “The enthusiasm about my plan to put vocational and technical training back in our middle schools and high schools has gotten wide spread support in big cities and in small towns. People realize that we are leaving two-thirds of our students behind who could be getting good paying careers, but they’re not getting those skills in schools. The school system has basically said, “If you don’t go to a university and take out student loans, you’re going to be a failure at life.” I think that’s flat wrong, so whether it’s here in northwest Florida or down in southeast Florida, everybody recognizes we’ve got to give our kids the skills to succeed in this global economy.”
Putnam related to his own children as well as himself being public-school educated, “I have four children in public schools in Polk County. I’m a product of public schools. I’ve got two high schoolers and two middle schoolers, so school safety is important to me. It’s critical that we create a safe learning environment, and it’ critical that we put resources in places that will actually make our schools safer. That means hardening our schools. It means school resource officers. It means the opportunity for small counties who don’t have the money, that there’s going to be some state support to put those law enforcement officers in those schools. That’s critically important, and also closing the mental health loopholes. It’s vitally important, so that this monster down in Parkland, in south Florida who had three dozen visits to his house by police, was expelled for a weapons violation, two calls to the FBI tip line that went unanswered, and Children and Families coming to his house doesn’t get missed. I mean, that kid didn’t deserve a gun at any point at 18,21, or 41. I have expressed my concerns and frankly my opposition to raising the age and extending the waiting period because I don’t believe in punishing law-abiding citizens who exercise their Second Amendment rights is going to make our schools safer.”
Putnam concluded with, “We’ve been doing what we’re calling these up and Adams breakfasts all over the state since I announced my campaign in May in my hometown of Bartow. We do them in big cities and small towns and the crowd this morning was a good example of the types of crowds we’re getting from here to Key West.”