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Johnnie Byrd: lobbyist?



Johnnie_byrd Former House Speaker Johnnie Byrd once harangued lobbyists (and lawmakers) who didn't follow his lead. For a month this spring, however, he changed sides, registering as a lobbyist for the Florida Strawberry Growers Association of Dover.

Byrd, a Plant City lawyer, was registered to lobby (without much notice) from Feb. 15 until he withdrew March 17. For what, the Buzz knows not. Byrd and the association didn't return calls.

But Byrd, who also expressed disdain for the press, continues other recent pursuits: Saturday radio show host on WGUL in Tampa Bay, and a columnist at

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:20pm]


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