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Would a Republican senator sue to stop Rick Scott from killing bullet train?

24

February

The high-speed rail drama is showing little sign of abating. Now, it could become more than just a tale of flip-floppery by some pols, or an intense debate over Florida's future transportation and its financial health.

Word in the halls of the Legislature is that some Republican lawmakers are thinking of filing a court action to stop Gov. Rick Scott from killing the bullet train. Just what the action would be is unclear. The man at the center of the talk: Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, who's known as the "legal brains" of the Senate.

So what does Simmons say? Nothing. When asked if he were considering a lawsuit, here was his response: "I think it’s premature to talk about that. I really can’t talk right now. I really appreciate you calling."

But you realize that if you say no comment, it suggests you're considering a suit?

"Well, I'm not saying that," Simmons said. "But I can't comment."

A majority of the Florida Senate has already penned a letter to the USDOT asking it to sidestep Scott's order. Some members are being pressured to strip their names from the letter.

The fact that a Republican senator wouldn't pour cold water on the idea of suing a Republican governor speaks volumes about Scott's relationship with the Legislature. Add to that Sen. J.D. Alexander's displeasure over Scott's handling the sale of the state plane, and it's going to be quite a lawmaking session.

 

[Last modified: Thursday, February 24, 2011 1:13pm]

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