Tampa Republican Chuck Nadd has jumped into the race for Agriculture Commissioner. After weeks of varied statements to the media, he’s now filed with the Division of Elections for the job.
Nadd faces Senate President Wilton Simpson, and has been a critic of the lawmaker over points from redistricting to supporting sugar farmers. While it has but to materialize, rumors have swirled about whether or not Gov. Ron DeSantis might show supportive after a Legislative Session during which the Governor’s Office and the higher chamber had been at odds over water administration and reapportionment issues.
Nadd has positioned himself as a possible ally to Simpson, calling for the Legislature to easily go a congressional map drawn by DeSantis’ Office and following the Republican chief government’s agenda on different issues. “Unfortunately, corrupt career politicians like Wilton Simpson have done nothing but stand in his way,” he mentioned in a press release to POLITICO in March.
Nadd, an Air Force veteran, has leaned in on his expertise in uniform as he launched himself to the general public on social media. In August, he mentioned Afghanistan, the place he was deployed twice, in a prolonged Twitter thread. He helped manage the evacuation of many people from Kabul, and performed a key position within the Digital Dunkirk to carry folks out safely.
The former Black Hawk pilot additionally discovered a contact of fame after video of his household homecoming appeared in a 2014 Budweiser advert that aired within the Super Bowl.
At the identical time, Simpson has amassed a rising variety of donations, together with these of Attorney General Ashley Moody and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis. He additionally has the assist of the Florida Police Benevolent Association, Florida Forestry Association, Florida Chamber of Commerce and The Associated Industries of Florida, Florida Farm Bureau FarmPAC, 59 Sheriffs and the NRA.
And maybe most important in a Republican Primary, Simpson has secured an endorsement from former President Donald Trump.
On high of that, Nadd stays an untested candidate making his first run for workplace for a statewide place in opposition to an skilled campaigner simply named because the strongest pol in Tampa Bay by a jury gathered by Florida Politics.
He responded to information of Cabinet members backing his opponent with a easy social media submit: “Looking forward to serving with them on the Cabinet!”
Nadd is definitely the fourth Republican within the race, behind Richard Olle, James Shaw and Simpson, however is extensively thought of essentially the most severe risk to Simpson’s ambitions. Democrat Ryan Morales has additionally filed within the contest.
The Agriculture Commissioner place is the one statewide workplace now held by a Democrat, Nikki Fried. But Fried is forgoing a run for re-election and as an alternative operating for Governor in opposition to DeSantis.