The Senate's TED approps meeting blew up this afternoon as Republicans, pushing to end public campaign financing, repeatedly complained about President Barack Obama's decision to reverse course, forgo public funds during the presidential election cycle and raise a whopping $800 million or so.
The bill passed unanimously. But not before some good ole partisan tough talk.
As tensions escalated, Valrico Republican Sen. Ronda Storms lit the fuse, stopping just short of calling Obama a liar. "They don't want to talk about the messiah having a flaw," she said of Democrats' love of Obama. "But he does have a flaw."
New Port Richey Sen. Mike Fasano, the chairman, rebuked her. "Please speak with respect about our president."
Sen. Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale was stewing the whole time with Jackonsville Democrat Tony Hill. He said Republicans were changing the subject, talking about federal financing issues rather than state laws that they're in charge of.
“Don’t piss on me and tell me it’s raining," Smith said. "I know what you were doing."
Fasano tried to stop him.
"All I did was join the club," Smith continued.
Fasano issued an even stronger rebuke: “I think you’re way out of line.” Fasano said Smith should "think twice about making a statement like that again in this committee. It is not called for."
Smith apologized. "My choice of language was unbecoming of a senator and unbecoming of the Senate."