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Waldman tells off Bogdanoff; Bogdanoff blasts back

Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff (R- Ft. Lauderdale) and Rep. Jim Waldman (D-Cocount Creek) got into a round of name-calling on Wednesday night at a Broward Delegation meeting.

The subject: A bill that would ask voters to decide whether or not the county should have an inspector general to investigate public corruption. Waldman accused Bogdanoff, who is running for state senate and sponsoring the bill, of drafting the bill only to propel "political ambitions" during her election year.

He chided the bill for being poorly put together and a "knee-jerk reaction" to recent indictments of officials such as former Miramar Commissioner Fitzroy Salesman and Broward School Board member Beverly Gallagher.

At the meeting, a red-faced Bogdanoff called him "adversarial," and accused him of being "high maintainance." The next morning, she referred to Waldman as "a puppet" to the Broward County Commission, who she complained have not fully addressed residents' call for ethics reform.

"It was a nasty, nasty meeting,'' Bogdanoff said.

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