Current Florida Cabinet holds final meeting

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By: Jake Stofan | Capitol News Service
December 4, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) -- The governor and two members of Florida’s Cabinet held their final meeting Tuesday morning.

The final goodbye was full of tears, and the future for two of the departing members still remains to be seen.

The final cabinet meeting for Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam was a sentimental affair for Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis. He offered three resolutions honoring their hard work and dedication.

“You have been a friend when I've needed a friend and you have given selflessly to this state,” said Patronis.

The four-hour-long meeting was filled with time-honored traditions including pet adoptions and seasonal celebrations. Photo opportunities, not policies, took up the majority of the meeting.

Keeping in line with what has largely defined the governor’s eight years in office, Rick Scott abruptly left the meeting without taking questions.

Commissioner Putnam, who lost his bid for the Governor’s Mansion, says his next move is still in the works.

"I'm focused every day on all the work yet to be done between now and January 8 and then we'll figure it out after that,” said Putnam.

Beginning January 8, the Cabinet seats will be filled by Republicans Ron DeSantis, Ashley Moody and the returning Patronis. For the first time in eight years, a Democrat will join the ranks, as Nikki Fried will take over as Commissioner of Agriculture.

Patronis says he’s looking forward to working with Fried, despite their political differences.

“We all serve and love the state of Florida, so I'm sure that Commissioner-elect Fried is going to come here with that same type of passion,” said Patronis.

He offered this advice to the newly-elected members: show up early and be prepared.

Attorney General Pam Bondi also didn’t take questions after the meeting. Appearances on FOX News in recent months have led to speculation Bondi may land a job with the network after she leaves office. It’s also been suggested she might be a possible candidate for US Attorney General, replacing Jeff Sessions.

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