Polk County Congressman Adam Putnam is hosting a town hall meeting tonight in Bartow.
He's also written an op-ed in the Tampa Tribune, where he's decrying the excessive federal spending in Washington. Here's an excerpt:
The bottom line is that as President Obama's policy agenda moves forward, it is going to need hundreds of thousands of additional federal employees to staff the growth in the bureaucracy. This pace of growth in the federal government has not been seen since the Lyndon Johnson administration in the 1960s.
All this federal growth is coming with a steep price tag that will add weight onto the shoulders of every American taxpayer who is already struggling under the yoke of this weak economy. Unfortunately, this is a burden we may never be free of.
The GOP Representative's anguish at excessive federal spending is hardly an original criticism of President Obama by Republicans this year. So why are we hearing from Putnam about it in an op-ed?
Well, among other things, he's in a contested Primary race with State Senator Cary Baker of Eustis for the Republican nomination for Agriculture Commissioner.
Earlier this month Putnam announced that he had raised over $229,000 for the 3rd quarter, and close to a million dollars overall in his race. If Putnam gets passed Baker, he'll be facing a formidable opponent in former Tallahassee Mayor Scott Maddox.
In the GOP AG Commissioner race, mark Putnam down as the, well conservative, but perhaps not as conservative a choice than Senator Baker.
Among other things that Baker has done this year include filing a proposed State Constitutional Amendment that would prevent Floridians w Floridians from being affected by any Federal Health Care Legislation.