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It's vulture vs. eagle in lobbyist battle




Look out trial lawyers (or Hall of Justice or whatever the lobby group's new name is). The eagle lapel pins they're wearing have caught the eye and ire of the retail/anti-trial lawyer lobby (justice re/de-form). So they're wearing vulture pins, about 100 of which were spread across the Capitol yesterday.

Why vultures?


"Vultures eat eagles," explained one lobbyist who, of course, spoke anonymously just like three others did. Apparently, courage isn't a vulture attribute. Nor is it shared by the eagle, apparently. Said an anonymous trial lawyer lobbyist: "Our pin has been around for 20-some years and has more class."

Ha. Translation: Our pin is bigger than yours. So who's rubber and who's glue in this back and forth?

Marc Caputo, Times/Herald Tallahassee bureau

Times Photos By Scott Keeler

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 5:57pm]


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