Around the South for Apr. 5: FL, TN & VA


Florida: Is Putnam campaign stalling? State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam (R) was once deemed a shoo-in the August 28 Republican gubernatorial primary. He has some $17 million in his campaign war chest, after having already spent $7 million. However, “The right is coming after him,” writes political columnist Steve Bousquet in the Tampa Bay Times. Polls show Putnam about tied with US Rep. Ron DeSantis (R), whose campaign gets a boost from the occasional tweet from President Trump and frequent appearances on Fox News. Watch this one! ……. Tennessee: Bredesen ain’t broke. If former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) is elected to the US Senate this fall, he will be among the wealthiest members of Congress, reports The Tennessee Journal. The financial disclosure statement he filed showed he had investment assets in 2017 worth between $88.9 million and $358 million. By contrast, US Rep. and Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn (R) reported a net liability of $200,000 ……. Virginia: Kaine kicks off his campaign. Beginning his reelection bid last Monday, US Sen. Tim Kaine (D) plans to use an easy-to-understand economic theme, something he says was missing in the Democratic effort in 2016, reports the Washington Post. His slogan, as he makes 22 campaign stops around Virginia this week, is “A Virginia that works for all.” As for his view of President Trump, Kaine quipped, “I think he’s more a ‘me first’ than a ‘for all.’” …….