FMA PAC endorses Rick Scott, Florida Cabinet for re-election

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Florida’s leading advocate for pro-medicine candidates statewide is endorsing Republican Gov. Rick Scott and the entire Florida Cabinet for re-election in November.

On Monday, the Florida Medical Association PAC (FMA PAC) announced it will support Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

“Florida leads the country in the caliber of elected leaders we enjoy at the statewide level,” said FMA PAC President Dr. Ralph Nobo. “To have the leadership, commitment and vision in taking Florida to the next level not only in economic recovery, but also in championing our health care issues, is truly a path we must continue over the next four years.”

Scott said of the support that he looks forward to four more years of making sure “medical professionals continue to grow and thrive in the Sunshine State.”

“Having worked closely with leaders in the medical profession in the fight against pill mills and prescriptions drug abuse, “said Bondi, “I am thrilled to receive the endorsement of the state’s premiere medical organization.”

Atwater added that he was honored earn the support of more than twenty thousand physician members of the FMA.

“I remain committed to working with patients and physicians so Floridians have a healthcare marketplace that ensures the highest quality of care and greatest access to services, while protecting the physician-patient relationship,” he said.

In his response, Putnam talked about his work with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Wellness program, which joins medical professionals to develop wellness programs and school policies in local school districts.”

“Thank you to the FMA PAC for their endorsement of my re-election bid and for supporting a healthy Florida,” he said.

Founded in 1974, FMA PAC promotes state office candidates seeking to improve Florida’s medical community. By way of voluntary contributions from healthcare professionals, FMA chooses candidates who strongly advocate the state’s medical professionals. FMA, as Florida’s foremost medical PAC, raised over $1 million in 2013.

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