After opening his Republican campaign for governor with a picturesque rally in his hometown of Bartow on Wednesday, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam today begins a bus tour that will hit 22 cities over 10 days.
The bus tour includes a Monday morning stop at the Riviera Beach Marina before heading to Fort Lauderdale and Miami later that day.
A report filed late Wednesday night shows the pro-Putnam committee Florida Grown began May with $8.2 million in cash on hand — far more than any of Putnam’s rivals.
Democratic businessman Chris King has about $1.5 million between his official gubernatorial campaign and a committee called Rise And Lead, Florida. Former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham reportedly has $1.6 million after transferring money from her old congressional campaign to her Democratic governor campaign. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has about $750,000 available between his official campaign and his Forward Florida committee
“Our state can be the launch pad for the American dream,” Putnam told a large crowd that gathered Wednesday outside a flag-draped 1909 courthouse in downtown Bartow, the seat of Polk County.
Putnam begins the race as the heavy favorite to win the GOP nomination. In addition to the three Democrats already running, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and trial lawyer John Morgan are considering Democratic bids.
Here’s the schedule for Putnam’s bus tour:
Today: Dover, Tampa, Clearwater, Sarasota.
Friday: Naples, Fort Myers
Saturday: Sebring, Okeechobee
Monday, May 15: Riviera Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami
Tuesday, May 16: Vero Beach, Merritt Island, Altamonte Springs
Wednesday, May 17: The Villages, Jacksonville Beach
Thursday, May 18: Fernandina Beach, Panama City
Friday, May 19: Pensacola, Destin, Graceville
Saturday, May 20: O’Brien