Vice President Mike Pence headlined the Republican Party of Florida’s annual fundraising dinner in Lake Buena Vista on Thursday night and gave a brief shout-out to Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam that Putnam’s gubernatorial campaign is circulating today.
Putnam — who in 2016 sounded a lot more enthusiastic about running mate Pence than he was about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump — has been aggressively courting Trump supporters this year, even circulating a petition to “stand with President Trump” during the springtime Kathy Griffin-severed head controversy.
Said Pence: “I gotta tell you, your agricultural lead here in Florida is an old friend of mine. I served with him when he was about 10 years old in the House of Representatives. Adam Putnam, I am so honored to see you tonight.”
Fact check: The U.S. Constitution requires a Representative to be at least 25 years old. Putnam, while youthful in appearance, was 26 when he was elected to Congress in 2000.
Pence and Putnam were members of the same freshman U.S. House class when they took office in 2001. Putnam served five terms, leaving to run and win a 2010 race for Ag commissioner. Pence served six House terms from Indiana before being elected governor of the state in 2012.