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Senate takes up vote on PSC commissioners -- and they're in trouble

Senate Repubican Leader Alex Diaz de la Portilla is vigorously working the floor as it appears that the confirmation of the appointment of David Klement is in trouble. Speaking against him have been Sens. Chris Smith, Don Gaetz, Mike Haridopolos, Victor Crist, JD Alexander and John Thrasher.

Speaking in his favor are Sens. Nancy Detert, Mike Bennett, Lee Constantine and Mike Fasano.

"I was underwhelmed by the answers they gave and I don't believe they are qualified to serve in this important body,'' Thrasher said.

Smith raised the same objections he has raised before -- that Klement and Benjamin "Steve" Stevens -- don't represent the diversity of the state since they are both white men. Crist agreed with him.

UPDATE: Diaz de la Portilla reports that he wasn't working in favor of the candidates. "I wasn't working against them, either. Instead, I was informing the members to vote any way they wished."