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Argenziano doesn't even get interview

State Sen. Nancy Argenziano, a Crystal River Republican who has a reputation as a thorn in the side of utility companies, was rejected by the nominating panel assigned to name candidates for two positions to the state's utility board, the Florida Public Service Commission.

The Public Service Nominating Council selected 19 candidates to be interviewed on March 9. Argenziano received only four of the five votes needed to make the cut. AARP chairman Bentley Lipscomb voted for her. Senate colleague and commission chairman, Sen. Mike Bennett of Bradenton voted for her, and he votes last.

Gov. Charlie Crist created the openings on the panel after rejecting the two nominees former Gov. Jeb Bush made before his left office, Isilio Arriago and Kenneth Littlefield. Crist will choose from the list of nominees the panel selects. He has called the PSC a "lapdog'' and, as attorney general, used his office to challenge telephone rate increases and fought power companies attempts to pass on storm damage costs to consumers. He has said he will select a person who is a strong consumer advocate.

Some of those who made the cut: Philip Nowecki and Jeremy Susac, two candidates whom Crist appointed to the post on a temporary basis after rejecting Bush's nominations; former Sen. Lesley Miller, a Tampa Democrat and former Democratic leader who served with Crist in the state Senate; Stephen Stewart, a former lawyer in the PSC's public counsel office; Joe McGlothin, a lawyer now serving the PSC's public counsel's office; Pat Wiggins, a utility lawyer; Bev DeMello, director of the PSC's consumer affair's office; Michael Palecki, a former PSC commissioner; Kevin Neal, former aide to a PSC commissioner; and Manny Arisso, a lawyer.

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Tom Tom

Maybe the brash and often times incorrect Senator Argenziano needs to determine which party she represents before looking to her next position within state government, which we all know she will undermine and leave a mockery. Anyone who sends dog feces to another colleague needs to be dismissed from public service. Senator Argenziano gives a black-eye to Florida politics. She clouds the facts and generally doesn't know what she is supporting, unless it gets her another vote. If the citizens of Florida have to listen to her or deal with her in the public light any more after her current term, I personally will hope for ANARCHY.

I wonder if Argenziano realizes how universally despised and disrespected she really is?

We love Nancy. She tells it like it is and does not let special interests screw her constituents. Most people that do not like her are the ones she wont let get away with robbing her constituents. This senator gets re-elected by a high percentage of people in her district. Don't let these bloggers fool you. They have self interests and work for the utilities that keep raising your rates. They despise her because she gets in their way and exposes them all the time. They lie and want to get rid of her. She gave a bag of cow manure to a partucularily slimy lobbyist, not colleague, that deserved it. Nancy was fighting for the elderly in nursing homes to get quality care. The lobbyist was fighting for more money to the private nursing homes. Nancy has continually fought for the little guy. If there are actually any real citizens on this site all you have to do is type in her name on the internet and you will find the numerous articles that show she has been a great advocate for the people. These people who hate her have real ulterior motives. The people of her district and beyond that district love and support her. This is the worst spin I have ever seen. But we are on to you.

TomTom is wrong. She didn't send "dog feces to a colleague," she sent a bag of manure to a lobbyist whose arrogance had become legend in Tallahassee and who purposely set out to mock Argenziano by camping out in her office and putting her feet up on Argenziano's couch.

I admire the senator. It's too bad she didn't make the cut.

I rescind my comment regarding “dog feces to a colleague” as I will appropriately admit I was incorrect with my comment. However, dog feces or cow manure and colleague or lobbyist, makes no difference - it is still tasteless, classless, crude, and unprofessional … all characteristics of a person I do not want representing me as a voting citizen. Regardless of how wrong the lobbyist was, ever hear of “taking the high road” or two wrongs don’t make a right? She is an embarrassment to the rest of us – those who serve Florida!

Tom Tom

I rescind my comment regarding “dog feces to a colleague” as I will appropriately admit I was incorrect with my comment. However, dog feces or cow manure and colleague or lobbyist, makes no difference - it is still tasteless, classless, crude, and unprofessional … all characteristics of a person I do not want representing me as a voting citizen. Regardless of how wrong the lobbyist was, ever hear of “taking the high road” or two wrongs don’t make a right? She is an embarrassment to the rest of us – those who serve Florida!

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