Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is getting some fundraising help from his former colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Putnam, running for re-election in 2014, is raising funds on February 3 with an assist from two of the most prominent Republicans on Capitol Hill: Majority Leader Eric Cantor and former vice presidential nominee and current U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.
It certainly says something about Putnam that he maintains strong enough ties with Cantor and Ryan that they are willing to host a fundraising reception for him. Putnam served in Congress representing Florida’s 12th Congressional District from 2001-11.
Putnam appears to face little opposition in his re-election bid, having raised $174,839 in December to near an overall total of $1.2 million, according to recently filed finance reports. The only other candidate for agriculture commissioner is Broward County Democrat Thad Hamilton, who had raised a total of $6,273 through November.
Putnam’s D.C. dash for cash will be at the Capitol Hill Club and has a suggested minimum donation of $250.