Hollywood, FL - The most under-reported race this upcoming election cycle has easily been the CFO bid between the incumbent, CFO Jimmy Patronis (R-FL) and Democrat challenger, State Rep. Adam Hattersley (D-FL). While Hattersley has long accused Patronis of costing Floridians money, Patronis responded to Hattersley's accusations for the first time to The Floridian last week.
Adam Hattersley has trashed Patronis in his attempt to dethrone the incumbent CFO. Hattersley has claimed that the CFO has taken money from Floridians and even blamed Patronis for worsening the property insurance crisis. While Hattersley has had a lot to say about Jimmy Patronis, the CFO appears to be silently confident in his re-election odds.
The Floridian caught up with Patronis at the Sunshine Summit last weekend to give the CFO a chance to respond to his opponent's claims.
"I don't know if I've ever even met the guy and I don't know where he's getting his accusations from," said Patronis, adding, "I take a lot of pride and think it's almost nearly $100 million that my office has returned back to the citizens in the state of Florida when it goes to the insurance claims process budget will speak specifically to insurance. And what I've sent back, you know, just as I've been in office, over $100 million, and those 100 million dollars where that comes from as say a citizen is having trouble their insurance claim."
Patronis continued, "Instead of hiring a public adjuster or hiring an attorney, they pick up the phone and called our office. We have them fought for them in order to get them their money back."
"Whether it be the arrest that we've provided when it comes to insurance fraud, or the more boots on the ground every single year. It's a lot of pride in what we have done to make insurance more affordable and accessible in the state of Florida," concluded Patronis.
Jimmy Patronis has previously spoken out about the challenge from his Democrat opponent, channeling his inner-Donald Trump and giving him the nickname, "Lockdown Adam." Patronis has remained confident in Florida's economic standing, and believes the state has set itself apart from the rest of the country with the latest unemployment dip.