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Ice, Ice, Cannon: Dispatches from the Sine Die dance floor

It's been a long 60 days. You really can't blame lawmakers for cutting loose, be it raising the roof or dancing the "Dougie," when they get the chance.

After a late night at work Thursday, a herd of capitol insiders flocked to The Moon for the annual Sine Die Scholarship Celebration thrown by the black and Hispanic legislative caucuses.

The party drew lawmakers from both sides of the aisle -- from House Minority Leader Ron Saunders, D-Key West, to Rep. Eddy Gonzalez, R-Hialeah -- but perhaps no pair drew more cheers than Sens. Ellyn Bogdanoff and Oscar Braynon II.

The Fort Lauderdale Republican and Miami Gardens Democrat, both first-year senators, tore up the dance floor as their colleagues and staffers parted to make room for the pair to sashay their way to the center of the crowd. They were later joined by Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, to groove to the Village People's "YMCA."

Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, (whom Williams introduced as "Don Draper") was spotted mouthing every word to Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back." The DJ played the song for Rep. Dwight Bullard, D- Miami.

And Saunders obliged the crowd with "The Rick Scott," in which he added rhythm to the governor's public-speaking mannerisms.

Saunders' dance move of choice? Raising the roof.

House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, stopped by later in the evening. According to Bay News 9 reporter Troy Kinsey, the DJ recognized Cannon for being "the first speaker to come to the party since Marco Rubio!" Here's a shot of Cannon and Braynon dancing from Kinsey's Twitter feed.

-- Katie Sanders and Patricia Mazzei

[Last modified: Friday, May 6, 2011 12:12pm]

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