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The chief financial officer is the most powerful person in the state — next to the governor. He or she controls the state’s bankbook and shapes much of its policy. Job perks include a corner office in the Capitol and a bully pulpit with a statewide reach.

What was that job again?

"On the campaign trial we jokingly refer to it as the UFO,” or unidentified financial officer, said state Senate President Tom Lee, a Valrico Republican and CFO candidate.“Until you explain some of the job to people, they don’t quite understand,” Lee said.

He’s not the only one with the problem, nor is he the only candidate who spends as much time describing the job as he does his qualifications for it. Story here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:09pm]


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