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Ellyn Bogdanoff seen as bull dog and bully

Bogd Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff, the Florida House's self-proclaimed "Angel of Death," has been a bill-slayer for six years, but she wasn't about to let legislation important to her die without a fight.

Convinced that Rep. Janet Long had persuaded the Senate to hold one of her bills hostage, Bogdanoff stormed into Long's office last week and delivered a tongue-lashing in front of a knot of lawmakers. Long, a Democrat from Seminole, filed a complaint with the Speaker's Office that claimed Bogdanoff had made "threats of harm and retaliation."

"In the Florida House of Representatives you are not in an alley," said Long, D-Seminole. "We are supposed to be leaders. Our citizens sent us up here to look out for the business of the people, not to get in somebody else's face and threaten to hurt them."

Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, said she was just doing her job.

"Here's the thing: I am who I am," Bogdanoff said. "And I've been extremely successful because of who I am. I get along with most people and I have a lot of friends. And, once in a while, you come across people that maybe lack self-confidence and are intimidated by you based on their own character and makeup, and I can't help that."

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:33am]


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