After losing the Aug. 28 Republican gubernatorial primary to Ron DeSantis, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam continues saying his focus is the remaining four months in the Cabinet post.

Asked for the second time in a week what is next for him, Putnam, a longtime elected official despite being only 44, maintained Tuesday that his goal is to “work hard” in his current job “to the very end.”

“I went back to work the next morning,” Putnam said, referring to the day after the primary. “There’s lot to be done.”

Asked about remaining in public service, he said he’s “focused on being commissioner of agriculture”

Putnam, who is from Bartow, was first elected to the state House in 1996. He moved to Congress four years later, where he served five terms before being elected to his statewide office in 2010.

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