Florida's newest lobbyist: Mike Haridopolos
You guessed it. The latest to cash in on the executive lobbyist windfall in Tallahassee, former Senate President Mike Haridopolos. He's gone to work for Railex LLC, a company that manufactures refrigerated rail cars to transport fruits and vegetables.
He joins former House Speaker Dean Cannon on the growing list of former lawmakers cashing in their clout to lobby the executive branch and Florida's $50 billion cache of in vendor-driven contracts and grants.
The former Merritt Island lawmakers appears to be wearing several hats these days. He's still teaching a political science class at the University of Florida -- and can be seen at the Capitol occasionally with his class. Those trips will also come in handy as a lobbyist and his next new job, executive vice president of racing giant The Stronach Group.
That group, represented by Haridopolos' good friend Marc Dunbar, is hosting the 8th annual gaming Congress at the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Hollywood next week. Their keynote address?