Adam Putnam, telegenic, photogenic and glib rising star in the House Republican caucus, is leaving Congress to run for Florida commissioner of agriculture.
"U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam, who quickly rose to power in Congress after being elected as a 26-year-old, said Sunday he would give up his seat and run for Florida agriculture commissioner.Putnam will file paperwork to officially enter the race on Monday, he told The Associated Press. "Agriculture is in my DNA," Putnam said. "It's my professional background, it's my academic background, it's what my family is involved in to this day." Putnam is from Bartow, where his family grows citrus and raises cattle. He represented the 12th Congressional District, which included most of Polk County and parts of Hillsborough County. Five generations of his family have farmed in Florida. Putnam, 34, was the third-most-powerful Republican in the House until he decided in November not to seek another term as chair of the House Republican Conference. Before Republicans lost control of the House in 2006, Putnam was the fifth-most-powerful Republican member while serving as chairman of the Republican Policy Committee."
That says more about Republican chances to take back the House in the next 4 to 6 years than any number of polls and predictions.