State Democrats are questioning whether Rep. Adam Putnam - the state's highest ranking House Republican - is ready to break ranks with the Bush adminstration.
The Florida Democratic Party pointed out that the Bartow Republican missed a committee vote on a Florida-backed bill aimed at cutting homeowner's insurance rates.
The bill cleared a key House committee and is headed to the floor - despite staunch opposition from the White House.
A spokesman for Putnam said the congressman missed the vote because of leadership duties, but supports the bill. He noted Putnam did attend the previous meeting on the bill and "worked hard for it."