Does Adam Putnam still support Confederates in Veterans' Hall of Fame? – Florida Politics (blog)
Two years ago, Adam Putnam was the lone vote in the four-member Cabinet to support adding three members of the Confederacy into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame, but he’s not saying now if he would vote that way again.
Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and CFO Jeff Atwater all opposed placing former governor Edward Perry; Florida’s first adjutant general, David Lang; and Samuel Pasco, a Harvard-educated prisoner of war and U.S. senator for whom Pasco County is named; to be included in the state’s Hall of Fame.
The issue came before them at a Cabinet meeting held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa in February 2015.
Mike Prendergast, then serving as head of the state’s Department of Veterans Affairs, recommended their exclusion. He rejected all three men for failing to comply with a requirement to have an honorable discharge from the U.S. armed forces, which he said did not include the Confederate States of America.
At the Cabinet meeting, NAACP Tallahassee Branch President Dale Landry testified that “these three men fought against the Union, and they symbolize a dark time in America’s and our state’s history — a period full of hatred and slavery. These men took up arms against the United States of America.”
Putnam later said, “If you’re throwing these guys out on a technicality, that’s just dumb.”
After the vote, Bondi suggested the law should be changed so that Confederate soldiers could be considered for honors in the future. Congress voted in 1958 that Confederate States’ veterans should receive the same benefits and services given to those who served the Union.
The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame was only established in 2013. It’s a wall in the state Capitol with plaques commemorating inductees.
Speaking to reporters on Monday in Temple Terrace after holding a campaign event for governor, Putnam said that Americans should be more focused