Pam Iorio's call for Flaming Moderates
First, Pam Iorio took Florida Senate Budget Chairman JD Alexander to task on Thursday's op-ed pages of the Tampa Bay Times (read here). Then the normally mild-mannered former Tampa mayor re-iterated her message at a talk on leadership Thursday before a welcoming Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce crowd: "I have a new crusade, I call it the Flaming Moderates."
Iorio shared audience members' disdain for the gridlock in Washington and antics in Tallahassee and reiterated her disgust that Alexander is pushing to create a 12th university, USF Polytechnic, when the state is cutting funding to the other 11. Her solution: "If the middle gets our voices heard, Tallahassee would shape up...Tallahassee counts on the middle not speaking up."
The Democrat and former Hillsborough County Commissioner demurred, as usual, when asked if she would run for governor in the future.