Melbourne, Florida – Jack Latvala announced today that he will be joining Bob White and Adam Putnam in the Republican primary for governor of Florida.
The longtime state senator, a fixture of the Tallahassee political establishment, will have served a combined 16 years in the state legislature when the 2018 session ends early next year. His tenure and in some cases Chairmanship of various powerful committees during that time put him in a position to raise millions of dollars in dark money contributions from special interests with business before the legislature and he took full advantage of that opportunity.
“Jack is a far cry from the traditionally conservative candidate that he claims to be. His support for issues like in-state tuition for undocumented students, medicaid expansion, corporate welfare and high speed rail will not be supported by Republican voters. His opposition to term limits and his threats to do away with them will be especially difficult for him to overcome” said White.
Senator Latvala is backed by many powerful and traditionally anti Republican organizations such as the AFL-CIO, the United Auto Workers Union and even the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, all of whom were instrumental in helping Barack Obama get elected and then reelected as President.
According to White, “The press continues to equate viability with how much special interest dark money a candidate has raised. Unfortunately for Jack his liberal progressive voting record makes him a non-starter in this race. I don’t care how much money he’s raised, or will raise, using his power position as Ways & Means Committee Chairman of the Florida Senate. I sincerely welcome him to the race but it is highly unlikely that he can muster any meaningful support in a Republican primary.”