After joining him to endorse Wilton Simpson (R) for Florida Agriculture, Florida’s Attorney General Ashley Moody (R) has now endorsed Florida’s Chief Financial officer Jimmy Patronis (R) in his reelection bid. Both Moody and Patronis have worked together to tackle concerns in Florida concerning fraud and scams.
In a statement released over the weekend, Moody cited the state’s financial standing on the work of Patronis, saying that “the health of Florida’s finances is among the best in the nation and that is due in no small part to CFO Patronis’ commitment to fiscal responsibility.”
“While Florida has had many challenges over the past three years, CFO Patronis has helped our state navigate these challenges and create a brighter future in our state,” Moody said, adding that she is “proud to serve alongside him on the Cabinet.”
Patronis was appointed to the position in 2017 by then-Governor and now Florida Senator Rick Scott (R). In 2018, he secured his first full term. It was also in 2018 that Moody won the position of Florida's Attorney General.
Responding to the endorsement, Patronis thanked Moody “for all the great work she’s done in keeping Florida safe and making sure justice reigns.”
Patronis added that Moody has “helped us make great strides in protecting the people of Florida against scams and frauds,” adding that “it’s been an honor to work alongside her in making Florida the great state it is today.”
Before serving as Florida's CFO, Patronis was a member of the Florida House, and he also served as the Chairman of the House Economic Affairs Committee.
Challenging him in his reelection bid are three Democrats, which are Karla C. Jones, Tyrone Noel Javellana, and Adam Hattersley. No Republicans have entered the race to primary Patronis.