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.