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Lucy Morgan column: Advice for Speaker Will Weatherford



Retiring Times senior correspondent Lucy Morgan has penned a letter to House Speaker Will Weatherford, with a few words of advice since she won't be around the Capitol. It's a must read from the amazing journalist. Here's an excerpt:

You are the first speaker to come from Pasco in 120 years. Hopefully you won't be the last.

You have plenty of promise. But you need to be careful. There are a lot of pitfalls along the way for a nice guy in this town. Some speakers fail because they are not mean enough. Others grow too comfortable with the power, and a precious few turn out to be a bit crazy.

You can make a difference. At 33 years old, you are one of the youngest speakers ever and likely to have a lot of senior members and lobbyists trying to tell you what to do. Watch out. Not all of them will have your best interests at heart.

Take the lobbyists seriously but keep them at arm's length. There are nice ones, some smart ones and some downright cutthroats who wouldn't mind sacrificing you on the altar of making more money for a well-heeled client.

When you see herds of lobbyists on either side of an issue, think twice. You might be better off pleasing neither side.

Read the entire column here.

[Last modified: Saturday, March 2, 2013 10:29am]


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