Paulson Drops Ag Bid, Backs Matt Caldwell

Paul Paulson (L) & Matt Caldwell (R).

The Orlando businessman and self-fund candidate is ending his campaign because of health reasons.

By Jacob Engels

Agriculture Commissioner candidate Paul Paulson has told us that he will be dropping out of the race to replace Adam Putnam in 2018.

Since launching his campaign several months ago, Paulson has run an aggressive digital program, amassing almost 80,000 followers on social media.

According to sources close to his campaign, they have also cultivated a network of nearly  500 volunteers and interns across Florida, along with a very impressive digital voter ID program.

Paulson’s campaign was lead by Mike Shirley, a rising star in the Republican Party who focuses on insurgent campaigns.

In an exclusive statement to the Central Florida Post, Mr. Paulson thanked his supporters.

“Though I will no longer be a candidate for Agriculture Commissioner, I will still actively work to make sure Floridians get honest, innovative, and independent leadership with their next Commissioner of Agriculture.

To the thousands of wonderful patriots on Team Paulson, thank you from the bottom of my heart. While I am sad that I can no longer go forward in our campaign to strengthen Florida as your candidate, we can still accomplish that goal with a credible conservative like Matt Caldwell.

Matt has the energy, stamina, and integrity to be a responsive leader on the statewide level. Furthermore, and most importantly, he has an A rating from the NRA and has promised to vigorously defend the second amendment rights of Floridians.”

On the other candidates vying for the GOP nomination, Paulson told us that they might be nice people, but they simply don’t understand how to get things done for Florida.

“I am asking my supporters to get behind Matt Caldwell, and do whatever you can to help him become our next Commissioner.”

Caldwell was surprised to hear that Mr. Paulson was ending his campaign, but honored to earn Paulson’s support.

Rep. Matt Caldwell said, “I am honored to receive Paul Paulson’s endorsement in our bid for Commissioner of Agriculture.

As a candidate, Paul has been incredibly effective building lasting relationships with grassroots Conservatives, rural Floridians, and leaders across the agricultural community.

With hard work and God’s blessing, we will continue to earn the support of voters across the state and our campaign will be successful.”

You can learn more about Matt Caldwell’s campaign by clicking here.


Jacob Engels is an Orlando based journalist whose work has been featured and republished in news outlets around the globe including Politico, InfoWars, MSNBC, Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Daily Mail UK, Associated Press, People Magazine, ABC, and Fox News to name a few. Mr. Engels focuses on stories that other news outlets neglect or willingly hide to curry favor among the political and business special interests in the state of Florida.