In the aftermath of tawdry allegations ending one legislator's career and threatening to end another's, more than 200 Florida political pros surveyed in our latest Florida Insider Poll are nearly unanimous: More legislators will face public accusations of sexual harassment or extramarital affairs.
A whopping 97 percent said so in the unscientific survey of lobbyists, fundraisers, political operatives, academics, and others.
"Safe to say that some former and current legislators and lobbyist are losing sleep waiting for the next sex scandal shoe to drop. There will be many many more," said a Republican. "However these are merely manifestations of a widespread cultural problem and lack of morals, ethics and integrity. Doubtful much will change."
More than nine in 10 of those surveyed said consensual extramarital affairs are common in the capitol, and more than seven in 10 said they are more common than in other workplaces.
"It may sound quaint, but the sex-and-booze culture in Tallahassee relies on legislators who choose not to live up to basic values of decency," said one Insider registered to neither major party.
The Times allows Insider Poll participants to weigh in anonymously to encourage honest answers from people closely involved in the political process.
Asked whether legislators or lobbyists are more responsible for the culture in Tallahassee, 82 percent pointed to the legislators.
This month's Insiders included:
Abel Harding Abel, Alan Stonecipher,, Jason Altmire, Scott Arceneaux, Donna Arduin, Dave Aronberg, Roger Austin, Ryan Banfill,Christina Barker, Rodney Barreto,Ashley Bauman,David Beattie, Alan Becker, Geoffrey Becker, Samudl Bell, Allan Bense, Wayne Bertsch, Ron Bilbao, David Bishop, Barney Bishop III, Poe Bob, Katie Bohnett, Anthony Bonna, Paul Bradshaw, Bob Buckhorn, Bill Bunkley, Brad Burleson, Dominic M. Calabro, Bernie Campbell, Al Cardenas, Reggie Cardozo, Betty Castor, Kevin Cate, Jim Cherry, Case Chip, Ulvert Christian, Alan Clendenin, Kelly Cohen, Brad Coker, Matthew Corrigan, Brian Crowley, Ana Cruz, Justin Day, Richard Denapoli, Pablo Diaz, Arlene Dibenigno, Victor Dimaio, Doc Dockery, Paula Dockery, Brett Doster, Kirsten Dougherty, Ryan Duffy, Barry Edwards, Johnson Eric, Kirk Erik, Perez-Verdia Evelyn, Alia Faraj-Johnson, Peter Feaman, Cesar Fernandez, Mark Ferrulo, Damien Filer, Mark Foley, Kirk Fordham, Brian Franklin, Towson Fraser, Ellen Freidin, John French, Jack Furnari, Wayne Garcia, Josh Geise, Dan Gelber, Steve Geller, Richard Gentry, Julia Gill Woodward, Susan Glickman, Brian Goff, Jose Gonzalez, Adam Goodman, Bob Graham, Joe Gruters, Stephanie Grutman, Ron Gunzburger, Corbella Gus, Ralph Haben, Mike Hamby, Marion Hammer, Mike Hanna, Chris Hartline, Bill Helmich, Ann Herberger, Max Herrle, Mike Hightower, Don Hinkle, Jim Holton, Jim Horne, Cumber Husein, Erin Isaac, Aubrey Jewett, Rimes Jim, David Johnson, Jeff Johnson, Ausman Jon, Eric Jotkoff, Doug Kaplan, Joshua Karp, Henry Kelley, Omar Khan, Mcdougal Kim, John Konkus, Chris Korge, Jeff Kottkamp, Kartik Krishnaiyer, Campbell Kristy, Zach Learner, Bill Lee, Jackie Lee, Alan Levine, Bethany Leytham, Al Maloof,
Javier Manjarres, Roly Marante, William March, Beth Matuga, Stephanie McClung, Darrick D. McGhee, Nancy McGowan, Clarence McKee, David Mica, Jon Mills, Pete Mitchell, Lucy Morgan, Ana Navarro, Pat Neal, Nikkie Lowrey, Meredith O'Rourke, Maurizio Passariello, Slevin Patrick, Alex Patton, Brandon Patty,Darryl Paulson, Anthony Pedicini, Jorge Pedraza, Rockie Pennington, Kirk Pepper, Sean Phillippi, Fredrick Piccolo, Gretchen Picotte, Ron Pierce, J.C. Planas, Van Poole, David Ramba, Susannah Randolph, Marc Reichelderfer, George Riley, Franco Ripple, Terrie Rizzo, Monica Rodriguez, Jason Rosenberg, Jason Roth, Sarah Rumpf, Ron Sachs, April Salter, Rashid Sam, Steve Schale, Tom Scherberger, April Schiff, Watson Screven, Kathleen Shanahan, Bud Shorstein, Alex Sink, Bob Sparks, Jones Stafford, John Stemberger, Mac Stipanovich, Amber Stoner, Richard Swann, Nancy Texeira, Grigsby Thomas, Phillip Thompson, Cory Tilley, Scarritt Tom, Tillison Tom, Greg C. Truax, Frank Tsamoutales, Jason Unger, Karen Unger, Greg Ungru, Erin Vansickle, Ashley Walker, Peter Wallace, John Wehrung, Andrew Weinstein, Susie Wiles, Mike Williams, Gregory Wilson, Rick Wilson, Leslie Wimes, Jeff Wright, Zachariah Zachariah, Christian Ziegler, Mark Zubaly.