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Villalobos, the Senate Prez who never was, still loves class size

Of the reasons Sen. Alex Villalobos was the target of a successful coup that blocked him from becoming Senate President, none was as big was his decision to buck then-Gov. Jeb Bush in 2005 when he cast a deciding vote that prevented a revote of the class-size amendment approved by voters in 2002.

"You know how I'm going to sleep tonight? Like a baby," Villalobos said at the time.

Later, incoming House Speaker Marco Rubio said the first thing that went through his mind was that Villalobos' political ambitions would "sleep with the fishes."

Indeed they did. Villalobos' rival, fellow Miami Republican Alex Diaz de la Portilla, stitched together enough votes to replace Villalobos as Senate President with Jeff Atwater, who presided over today's vote to again ask voters to weaken the class caps.

With nothing to lose, Villalobos said he's standing firm.

"This a tough vote for some. It isn’t for me,"  Villalobos said to a hushed chamber. "My conscience is clear."

And Atwater is in the president's rostrum.

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Paul A. Grolitzer

A Special Thanks to a Great Man-Senator Alex Villalobos for standing up to the ignorance of the Republican Party on the Class Size Issue.

Class Size and learning are keys in our classrooms and Senator Villalobos gets it. His colleagues- Well-Thank You Senator- Thank you very much.

Seth Patterson

You mean to say that a politician actually exists that will put the people they represent before their own personal ambition and party? (Democrat or Republican)/

I wish MORE politicians were like Senator Villalobos!

Tom Lander

Rarely does a politician lead and not follow party bosses. Senator Villalobos voted with and to protect the will of his constituency. They had voted overwhelmingly to support the class size amendment. For this vote the Republican Party punished him severely. But, "Blessed are the persecuted, for great is their reward." And he was rewarded because despite party bosses and millions of dollars of corporate money, he won re-election from his people. Confirming that Mr. Villalobos is a man of honesty, integrity, and virtue.

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