Well, it may be only temporary, but State Sens. Alex Diaz de la Portilla and Alex Villalobos will be sitting side by side when the Florida Senate holds its reorganization session on Tuesday morning. Diaz de la Portilla, a Miami Republican, was one of the key senators who helped orchestrate the battle to push aside Villalobos for the 2008 Senate presidency and replace him with Sen. Jeff Atwater. Villalobos was then unsuccessfully targeted for defeat in his 2006 election by other Republicans and by business groups.
A spokeswoman for incoming Senate President Ken Pruitt, however, said the seating arranagements in the Senate chambers are not permanent and will change once Pruitt makes committee assignments.