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Geller gets flip in last week, disses Storms



During a Senate Democratic Caucus meeting on Monday, not long after Sen. Steve Geller had warned everyone in the room that press was there (implying they should watch what they say), Sen. Geller made a flip comment about Brandon Republican Sen. Ronda Storms.

The issue was child welfare and some sort of Storms' amendment that apparently pitted parental rights against the rights of a guardian ad litem tasked with deciding what's in the best interest of a child.

"She treats children like chattel," Geller said. Then he turned to the Buzz and tried to say that the comment was off the record. Caucus meetings during which legislation is discussed are considered public and often televised, so Buzz did not agree to the off-the-record order.

Sen. Ted Deutch, realizing the faux pas, teased Geller by calling out: "That's two T's in chattel."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:54am]


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