Adam Putnam is currently Florida's Agriculture Commissioner. He's also a Republican candidate for governor and a self-described "NRA sellout."
On Monday, Tampa Bay Times columnist Daniel Ruth published an opinion piece called "Adam Putnam sells out to the NRA," which is a compliment to Putnam, a big tough man's man who likes to "pack heat while eating his meat."
The column touches on how Putnam went on an "NRA boot-licking tour a few days ago," and how he's been pushing for guns on college campuses, as well as endorsing proposals for open-carry in public places.
Ruth tears into Putnam with some solid points, like how a child in Florida is shot every 17 hours and how the state has witnessed an increase in firearm deaths since "Stand Your Ground" was passed 10 years ago.
But arguably the best part of the column is Ruth's incredibly savage burns, like when he calls Putnam the "Opie of Open Carry," the "Howdy Doody of Smith & Wesson," and "faux Dirty Harry of Tallahassee."
*Chef kissing fingers gesture*
In response, Adam "I'm not mad, you're mad" tweeted about how he's proud to be an #NRASellout and even created a petition on his site encouraging anyone who is also an #NRASellout to sign.
"What a surprise. The liberal media is attacking a conservative again," says Putnam on his site. "The Tampa Bay Times recently called me a sellout to the NRA. As someone who believes the Second Amendment is an inalienable right, I’ll wear that comment like a badge of honor. I’m a proud NRA Sellout."