Sunday, April 16, 2017


Congressman RON DeSANTIS (R-FL6/KOCH INDUSTRIES) for Governor in 2018? You've got to be kidding, MADISON PROJECT. Stolen valor? When DeSANTIS was first elected to Congress, he falsely portrayed himself as a Navy SEAL, when he was a JAG Corps lawyer. He's done nothing for his constituency. He emotes GOP talking points. He talks funny. Color him colorless, with no moral compass and no administrative experience. Naturally, Fascists want him to run for Governor.

Adam C. Smith
Tampa Bay Times Political Editor
Saturday, April 15, 2017 5:52pm

DeSantis for governor?

A conservative political action committee is trying to rally national support around U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in hopes he will run for governor of Florida in 2018.

The Madison Project, which backed DeSantis' brief 2016 U.S. Senate campaign, put out a statement on a popular conservative website telling readers that DeSantis should run.

"He's not just a regional candidate — Ron is a congressman who has worked hard to represent the entire state of Florida," the statement attributed to Madison Project president Jim Ryun says. "Running for governor is a no-brainer for him."

The statement was on the Resurgent, a popular blog site created by Erick Erickson, a conservative radio host and political commentator. The same site also ran results from a poll from WPA Intelligence saying DeSantis matches up well with Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, a Republican expected to run for governor next year. WPA Intelligence was a pollster for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in his campaign for the White House.

According to the Resurgent, which says it had "exclusive access" to the poll of more than 2,000 Republican primary voters — not verified by the Buzz — Putnam is the choice of 17 percent, while DeSantis is next at 9 percent. The poll showed Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran and state Sen. Jack Latvala at 3 percent each, according to the Resurgent report.

DeSantis, 38, is a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and has represented parts of northeast Florida in Congress since 2012.

Jeremy Wallace and Alex Leary contributed to this week's Buzz.

Winner of the week

David Richardson. The retired forensic auditor and state representative from Miami Beach has proven to be a dynamo at exposing the lack of accountability for private prison operators who keep getting lucrative contracts renewed despite failing to save the state money or providing consistently good service. Florida House leaders, however, appear more concerned with how quasi-public agencies that market Florida spend taxpayer money.

Loser of the week

Mar-a-Lago's kitchen. State health inspectors found "high priority" health violations at the "winter White House" in Palm Beach, including meats stored at unsafe temperatures and fish served raw or undercooked that had not "undergone proper parasite destruction."

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