Frank Luntz to moderate May 5 forum with Florida GOP candidates for governor

Frank Luntz holds up a Hillary Clinton doll as he speaks to Florida GOP delegates at a breakfast during the 2016 Republican National Convention. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post

A conservative Christian group announced Thursday that Republican messaging guru and Fox News analyst Frank Luntz will moderate  a forum with Florida Republican gubernatorial candidates Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis next month in Orlando.

The Florida Family Policy Council event is slated for May 5.

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran and any other “major GOP candidates” will be invited to participate as well if they get into the race in the next few weeks, organizers said.

“Republicans have a very strong and impressive bench of candidates in the race for Florida’s next governor, which makes choosing the best candidate even more challenging. This forum will help educate primary voters to crystallize this important decision,” said Florida Family Policy Council President John Stemberger.

Stemberger also praised Luntz for his “skill in drawing out candidates and helping voters understand what’s important and what values they hold.”

On the first day of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Luntz told Florida delegates that Republicans needed to improve their messaging for Donald Trump to win the presidency.

“If the election were held today, Hillary Clinton wins,” Luntz said at the time. “Your state is going to determine who wins and loses this campaign.”

 

Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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