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Readers ask why Florida Lt. Gov. Kottkamp demands 24-7 security

Kottkamp Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp had a state trooper drive him and his family to suburban Atlanta last weekend for a surprise birthday party for a Tallahassee lobbyist.

In a state-owned vehicle, Kottkamp and his wife joined lobbyist Steve Metz and family members at a Saturday night concert in Peachtree City, Ga., featuring soft-rock singer Kenny Loggins.

Kottkamp said the taxpayer-funded drive was legitimate and noted that the law requires the Florida Highway Patrol to provide security protection for him 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"It doesn't matter if it's a public or private event. They're there to provide safety and security, whether it's the governor or for me," Kottkamp said.

From the tone of reaction this morning to the story, readers aren't convinced:

"Um, what does this guy need 'protection' from?" asked Chris from Largo. "Who would even know this guy if walked past? Legend in his own mind."

"Shame on him for misusing our tax dollars," wrote Joe from Cape Coral."

David from Largo offered his support for Kottkamp's security detail: "If we don't like it, then change the law!"

Which reader comment do you agree with?
The real crime here is that he was going to a Kenny Loggins concert.
Would anybody even know who he was if he went without a bodyguard?
He is entitled to have that officer with him, and if the mode of transportation is by car, that's great!
This mostly ceremonial position needs to go.

Photo: Scott Keeler | Times

[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 3:52pm]


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