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McCarty Apologizes; He Used Lobbyist Cell



The state's insurance commissioner sent a letter to his bosses, the Florida Cabinet, late Friday evening apologizing for his involvement in the political campaign of a staffer's wife.

Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty is under investigation both by his own inspector general and the state's chief financial officer for asking insurance lobbyists to support the wife of his communications director, Bob Lotane. Robin Lotane is a chief assistant state attorney running for judge in Tallahassee.

Sunday night, three days before a scheduled fundraiser for Robin Lotane, McCarty borrowed an insurance lobbyist's cell phone to solicit campaign contributions, some of those calls were to other insurance lobbyists he regulates.

Insurance lobbyist Lisa Miller and McCarty both went to the Lotanes' home in northeast Tallahassee last Sunday evening. Miller called the event a meeting in support of Robin Lotane's campaign. McCarty said he was just dropping by the Lotanes, where he decided to make calls. Read more here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:44pm]


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