Followers of Florida politics have been waiting for weeks for House Speaker Richard Corcoran to make his expected announcement that he was entering the race for the Republican nomination for governor.
Last week, Corcoran tweeted he would have “a big announcement to make next week – stay tuned!”
I’ll have a big announcement to make next week – stay tuned!
— Richard Corcoran (@richardcorcoran) May 3, 2018
Now, there’s speculation that Corcoran’s “big” announcement could come Wednesday morning in Tallahassee. But, it might not be the announcement people were expecting.
Late Tuesday afternoon, the campaign of Adam Putnam put out an advisory about a media event.
“On Wednesday, May 9, Adam Putnam will make a campaign announcement in Tallahassee,” the advisory said. The event will be held at the Florida Association of REALTORS®.
The speculation now is that Corcoran will announce his endorsement of Putnam for governor.
Democrats were quick to respond to the reports.
“Adam Putnam and Richard Corcoran are career politicians who have spent decades enriching themselves and accomplishing nothing for the people of Florida,” said Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Kevin Donohoe. “By embracing Corcoran, Adam Putnam is bringing one of the most well-fed alligators in the Tallahassee swamp onto his team.”
Corcoran’s endorsement of Putnam might be surprising to some since the speaker aligned himself with issues more in-line with the far right wing of the party and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, Putnam’s opponent in the primary. During the legislative session, Corcoran promoted legislation to ban sanctuary cities in Florida. His political committee paid for a television spot that showed a man, supposedly an illegal immigrant, wearing a hoodie and pointing a gun at a young woman. The ad was criticized for its content, which some described as race-baiting.
Following the end of the 2018 legislative session, Corcoran said he would take a few weeks to think about his political future. During that time, he posted tweets in support of President Donald Trump’s views and policies. During those weeks, Corcoran’s expected campaign for governor never gained traction. His fund-raising slowed and polls showed him in a distant third, well behind Putnam and DeSantis.
There were suggestions he might run for the Cabinet seat of attorney general with current AG Pam Bondi facing term limits this year.
“I’d either run for governor or go home,” Corcoran told the Times/Herald in late January.
We’ll have to see whether Corcoran will make an announcement come Wednesday morning, what that announcement will be and if he goes home after he makes it.