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Is Chris Dorworth too embarrassing to be House Speaker?



dorworth.jpgThat's the question the Orlando Sentinel's Scott Maxwell asks in a blistering column about state Rep. Chris Dorworth, R-Lake Mary, who is slated to be Florida House Speaker after the 2014 elections:

...That's right, Dorworth — a guy with more baggage than an ocean liner.

A guy who has stiffed everyone from his mortgage company to taxpayers and raises one question after another about how he spends his money and where he gets it from.

A guy who now has such a stench around him that even his fellow Republicans are running away.

In recent weeks, two different GOP House members have refused to even speak about, much less defend, Dorworth.

A headline on last week summed up the new GOP approach this way: "Shhh … don't talk about Chris Dorworth."

I disagree. Let's have a serious talk — specifically with Republican legislators who have the power to clean up this mess and choose someone else to be speaker.

It is not only in the best interest of the state — it's in the best interest of the party.

Right now, the folks most excited about the prospect of "Speaker Dorworth" are Chris Dorworth — and Florida Democrats, who know they are going to have a field day with this mess of man...

Full column here

[Last modified: Monday, October 1, 2012 12:24pm]


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