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Argenziano's Inbox Explodes



Gov. Jeb Bush's new fund-raising pitch for Frank Bolanos reached an audience wide enough to include the legislative e-mail inbox of Sen. Nancy Argenziano, R-Dunnellon, a fiercely loyal ally of  Alex Villalobos, the senator Bolanos is trying to unseat in next week's GOP primary.

Bush's letter, dated Aug. 26, doesn't mention Villalobos by name, but says the incumbent "has abandoned our party's principles and lost his way." (In May, Villalobos cast the key vote that torpedoed Bush's hopes of reviving school vouchers in Florida). Bush accuses Villalobos of bending to special interests (i.e., teacher unions), which enraged Argenziano because, she said, special interests are bankrolling Bolanos' bid.

Argenziano answered Bush's letter by telling Bolanos: "You are grossly in error in presuming to send me this garbage." But as usual, Argenziano is just getting warmed up. She said Bush's logic in backing Bolanos is "hypocritical and bizarre .. The governor has a history reflecting accommodation of special interests as evidenced by the agencies' contracts ... In his heart of hearts, the governor prefers dictatorship to democracy."

Argenziano calls Bolanos a "lightweight, Kool-Aid drinking toady poseur proposing to unseat (Villalobos). Just what we need to make good public policy: Another blind follower." Argenziano says the reason Villalobos lost his majority leader's job was because "of his refusal to sell out or become the governor's lackey."

"I've just about had it," Argenziano said by phone, confirming she sent the reply. Bolanos, she said, "has about two brain cells."


[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:16pm]


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