I had a good laugh off of the latest ad being run by Adam Putnam, current FL Commissioner of Agriculture and Republican candidate for governor. I’m paraphrasing here: “The liberals look down on people who work with their hands, are the reason so many college kids have massive student loan debt and college degrees they can’t use.” Last I checked, there are a number of liberals who work with their hands. Two, college kids have massive debt because members of Putnam’s party refuse to rein in predatory, for-profit colleges. Lastly, a college degree you can’t use usually comes down to individual resourcefulness. It’s also why our young people could use guidance well into adulthood surrounding this matter.
Good ole Adam Putnam touts being a 5th or 6th generation Floridian, growing up on his family’s cattle ranch among citrus groves and knowing the value of hard work. Is this why Adam Putnam has a 4 year degree in from the University of Florida in Food and Resources Economics and has been a career politician since age 22? It’s laughable any working class person would even take Putnam seriously but this is who Publix chose to give nearly a million dollars to over a three year period.
It’s pretty clear the leadership at Publix lacks diversity and is pretty tone deaf not to realize Republican gun nuts are not the only people who shop at their stores or people whom were either directly or indirectly impacted by the Parkland Massacre would not be offended by any candidate such as Adam Putnam who gleefully defines himself as a “proud NRA sellout”.
I once loved shopping at the Publix less than three miles from my house. However, I’m one of those shoppers who took my business elsewhere after finding out Publix not only props up clown politicians like Adam Putnam but also does the following:
1. Publix refuses to guarantee farmworkers better wages and protections from sexual harassment.
2. Publix has been repeatedly accused of being hostile workplace for LGBTQ employees.
3. The heiress to their founder’s fortune funds anti-medical marijuana initiatives.
4. Publix fights local minimum-wage increases and environmental protections.
5. Publix has donated to gun-loving Republicans like Adam Putnam for years.
I didn’t participate in the “Die-Ins” coordinated by activists like David Hogg. At my age and weight, laying on floor and getting back up isn’t easy. But wherever you can’t show up and show out, let your money do it for you.
As of 5/25/2018 Publix has announced it’s “suspending” all political donations in the wake of the die-in protests. Mission accomplished? Let’s hope so.