The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus declined to endorse in the race for Commissioner of Agriculture at their state convention this past weekend despite the fact that there is a gay man running for the office – Roy David Walker.
It’s unclear why.
“No comment,” Walker said when asked about the endorsement.
One source familiar with the caucus, who did not want to be named, called it “disgusting.”
As of Tuesday the caucus had not officially released their list of endorsements.
“We haven't yet released our list of endorsements,” said Stephen Gaskill, communications director for the Caucus. “However, our membership votes on all endorsement decisions, and each member has their own reasons for the vote they cast.”
Meanwhile the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council endorsed Walker’s opponent in the race, Nikki Fried.
“PBCHRCVA interviewed both candidates and we unanimously voted to endorse Nikki,” said Rand Hoch, president of PBCHRC. “They are both supportive of our issues, but she rocks and will be very effective in office from Day One.”
The other two major LGBT rights groups in Florida, SAVE and Equality Florida, have not yet endorsed in the race.
Republican Adam Putnam is currently Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture. He’s now running for governor.