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JD Alexander called "a textbook lesson in bad leadership"



ioriobook.jpgFormer Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, one of the few bright lights in the Democratic bench in Florida and a potential future statewide candidate, writes an op ed today on Sen. JD Alexander and the USF budget controversy:

Abraham Lincoln once observed, "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

I suspect I know how our 16th president would have reacted to the actions of state Sen. JD Alexander and his obsessive desire to create a 12th university in Lakeland and punish the University of South Florida for its sensible, professional leadership that flies in the face of his political demands.

When the State Board of Governors did not immediately acquiesce to Alexander's pressure to create the state's 12th independent university, he sought legislative approval to do it anyway. He then sought to punish USF by cutting its budget by 58 percent, a figure dramatically greater than proposed cuts to any other university.

Every student at USF should thank Alexander for providing a valuable life lesson on how not to lead. We often learn much more in life from negative experiences than positive ones. What they have before them is a tremendous example of ham-fisted power and arrogance that best illustrates what has gone wrong with our political system...

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[Last modified: Thursday, February 16, 2012 11:18am]


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