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2041330 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-04-30 22:02:23.0 UTC 2012-04-30T18:02:23.000-04:00 content/steve-bousquet-column-johnnie-byrd-plots-comeback-time-judge published 2012-04-30 22:02:23.0 UTC 2012-04-30T18:02:23.000-04:00 drupal 117502 When Johnnie Byrd left Tallahassee after serving as House speaker eight years ago, the judgments were not kind — from his peers or the public. Now Speaker Byrd wants to be Judge Byrd. "I feel the call to public service," Byrd says. "I know that I can be the best circuit judge Hillsborough County has ever had." He wasn't the best speaker Florida has ever had. In Tallahassee, Byrd hired 13 communications specialists at a cost of $600,000. He ran for the U.S. Senate while he was speaker, and got 6 percent of the primary vote. He punished Republicans who refused to back him on an election-year phone-rate freeze. He said House members were so docile they acted like "sheep." Lobbyists mocked him by wearing plastic sheep masks on the last night of his final session. Byrd championed social issues as speaker. He fought for state intervention in the Terri Schiavo case, backed a parental-notice abortion law and sponsored Florida's ban on same-sex marriages. As a partisan Republican legislator, Byrd criticized the "liberal justices" on the state Supreme Court. Column here. Amy Hollyfield the-buzz-florida-politics Johnnie Byrd,Florida House,judges Steve Bousquet column: Johnnie Byrd plots comeback, this time as a judge templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/the-buzz-florida-politics/2012/04/30/117502-steve-bousquet-column-johnnie-byrd-plots-comeback-time-judge BlogArticle When Johnnie Byrd left Tallahassee after serving as House speaker eight years ago, the judgments were not kind — from his peers or the public.Now Speaker Byrd wants to be Judge Byrd.Johnnie Byrd,Florida House,judgesJohnnie Byrd,Florida House,judgesAmy Hollyfield 381847 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:47:08.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:47:08.000-04:00 amy-hollyfield published 2015-06-07 02:47:34.0 UTC 2015-06-06T22:47:34.000-04:00 Amy Hollyfield <p>Amy Hollyfield is the deputy managing editor for politics and business for the <i>Tampa Bay Times</i>. She directs state and national political coverage, including bureaus in Tallahassee and Washington, and <a href="http://www.politifact.com/">PolitiFact.com</a>, <a href="http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/">PunditFact.com</a> and <a href="http://www.politifactflorida.com/">PolitiFact Florida</a>, the <i>Times' </i>fact-checking websites. PolitiFact was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. In addition, Amy oversees business news, Perspective and Floridian magazine. She has worked at the <i>Times</i> for more than 15 years, after previous stints at the <i>Miami Herald</i> and <i>Florida Today.</i></p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 35040441 Amy Hollyfield is the deputy managing editor for politics and business for the Tampa Bay Times. She directs state and national political coverage, including bureaus in Tallahassee and Washington, and PolitiFact.com, PunditFact.com and PolitiFact Florida, the Times' fact-checking websites. PolitiFact was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. In addition, Amy oversees business news, Perspective and Floridian magazine. She has worked at the Times for more than 15 years, after previous stints at the Miami Herald and Florida Today. <p>Phone: (727) 893-8491</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:ahollyfield@tampabay.com">ahollyfield@tampabay.com</a></p> <p>The Hollyfield file: <a href="http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/staff/amy-hollyfield/">PolitiFact.com</a></p> <p>Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/amy_hollyfield">@Amy_Hollyfield</a></p> 1 /resources/images/dti/2012/10/b4s_timeseditors012112d.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/35040441-amy-hollyfield AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:47:08.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:47:08.000-04:00 2283536 2016-06-29 15:47:08.0 UTC 2 Months Ago federal-judge-could-block-floridas-abortion-law the-buzz-florida-politics Federal judge could block Florida's abortion law BlogArticle 2286147 2016-07-20 19:47:21.0 UTC 1 Month Ago florida-judge-under-investigation-for-racist-and-sexist-remarks the-buzz-florida-politics Florida judge under investigation for racist and sexist remarks BlogArticle 2262301 2016-01-21 22:46:25.0 UTC 7 Months Ago house-committee-approves-plan-to-impose-term-limits-on-judges the-buzz-florida-politics House committee approves plan to impose term limits on judges BlogArticle <p>When<strong> Johnnie Byrd</strong> left Tallahassee after serving as House speaker eight years ago, the judgments were not kind — from his peers or the public.</p> <p>Now Speaker Byrd wants to be Judge Byrd.</p> <p>&quot;I feel the call to public service,&quot; Byrd says. &quot;I know that I can be the best circuit judge Hillsborough County has ever had.&quot;</p> <p>He wasn't the best speaker Florida has ever had.</p> <p>In Tallahassee, Byrd hired 13 communications specialists at a cost of $600,000.</p> <p>He ran for the U.S. Senate while he was speaker, and got 6 percent of the primary vote.</p> <p>He punished Republicans who refused to back him on an election-year phone-rate freeze.</p> <p>He said House members were so docile they acted like &quot;sheep.&quot; Lobbyists mocked him by wearing plastic sheep masks on the last night of his final session.</p> <p>Byrd championed social issues as speaker. He fought for state intervention in the Terri Schiavo case, backed a parental-notice abortion law and sponsored Florida's ban on same-sex marriages.</p> <p>As a partisan Republican legislator, Byrd criticized the &quot;liberal justices&quot; on the state Supreme Court.</p> <p>Column <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/johnnie-byrd-plots-comeback-this-time-as-a-judge/1227745">here</a>.</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:42:27