Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Putnam of Florida signs on

For those that do not know him, this is Florida's leading conservative voice in Congress. This is a big endorsement that will go a long way toward securing Florida.

THE THIRD-RANKING REPUBLICAN in the House of Representatives will support Fred Thompson for president. Adam Putnam, who represents Floridians in the suburbs and exurbs of Tampa and is a key player among conservatives in the House, will join the growing Thompson operation in a leadership position in Florida.

As important to the Thompson campaign as Putnam's congressional chops are his extensive ties among Florida Republicans--he served for four years in the state legislature before being elected to Congress. As an early primary state, Florida will play a major role in the selection of the Republican nominee. And because the primary date was moved up only recently, Thompson's late entry matters less than it does in places like Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, where his rivals have been building organizations for months. A Datamar poll taken in late May found that Thompson was the second choice of Florida Republicans even before he set up his "testing the waters" committee. The results: Giuliani, 27; Thompson, 22; Romney, 18; and McCain, 12.

Courtesy of Stephan Hayes at the Weekly Standard

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