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Sen. Pres Don Gaetz rips lobbyists who opposed his favored candidates



gaetz.jpgIt is the talk of Tallahassee: Incoming Senate president Don Gaetz arrived in Orlando to accept an award from a business lobbying group and then banned two lobbyists from his office for orchestrating attacks on his candidates in the Republican primary.

Gaetz's scolding of the Associated Industries of Florida also included chastising them for not contributing enough money to his slate of candidates in the primary. ...

Gaetz addressed the annual AIF conference at the Rosen Single Creek in Orlando Sept. 14 by first making a joke. He suggested that AIF might prefer to be talking to "Sen. Weinstein" and "Sen. Frishe."

After light laughter, Gaetz next suggested that he was happy to see the Corys in the audience because he didn't plan to see them for the next two years while he was Senate president. The statement was greeted with silence.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 9:27pm]


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