Cerabino: The disarming story behind Publix cash for gun-loving Putnam

Cerabino: The disarming story behind Publix cash for gun-loving Putnam

Frank Cerabino Publix needs to let its employees work with loaded firearms at their sides. It’s the only way to save face at this point. The grocery chain has been trying to explain why it suddenly started functioning as a super(market) PAC for the self-described “proud NRA sellout” Adam Putnam. Publix has given the Republican gubernatorial candidate $670,000 in the past three years — an unprecedented level of political support from the company. “We support bi-partisan, business-friendly candidates, regardless of political affiliation and we remain neutral on issues outside of our core business,” a Publix statement read in response to its donations to Putnam. So then why go all in on Putnam? He’s not remotely bipartisan these days. He has morphed into Ginger-Spice Trump for this campaign, complete with a nonsensical “Florida First” campaign motto — gotta watch for those candidates who are sleeper cells for Alabama — and a quest to be only marginally less repulsive than the Sean Hannity-backed candidate, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis — a low bar, if ever there was one. As Florida’s secretary of agriculture and the guy who oversees concealed weapons permits in the state, Putnam has been working hard to earn his “proud NRA sellout” name. He has pushed for open-carry of weapons in the state, allowing weapons in the dorms and classrooms of Florida’s universities, and grandstanding against raising the gun-buying age to 21 and waiting periods on gun sales. Showing that his gun-lobby servitude has no bounds, Putnam also pushed […]

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