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Kottkamp quizzed on travel again

Drip, drip, drip. Questions about Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp's taxpayer-funded travel don't end. Gov. Charlie Crist's No. 2 was asked Wednesday about an airplane trip he took on a Florida Highway Patrol plane to St. Augustine on a spring weekend in 2007 when his official schedule had him on personal leave. 

"Well, I can tell you that not everything that I do is on the calendar, for certain," Kottkamp said after a Broward Days event in the Capitol. "I think the issue there was a Small Business Administration event, if I recall, in Ponte Vedra." (The question is, if such an event did take place, why the governor' s office did not publicize it to attract media coverage).

State Rep. David Rivera, R-Miami, the House budget chairman who oversees FHP and its parent agency, is seeking details on Kottkamp travel such as odometer readings on three state SUVs reserved exclusively for Kottkamp's use. "The question is the safety and security of the executive branch. That's the real question. In a state this large it's important that we provide that," Kottkamp said. Asked if Rivera is motivated by politics or good government, Kottkamp said: "I know what we're motivated by, and that's good government," he said, not directly addressing the question. (Kottkamp supports Rep. Marcelo Llorente, R-Miami, who is running against Rivera for the same state Senate seat).

-- Steve Bousquet