The state's two senators pledged Wednesday night at a Florida delegation party to work together on issues central to the state. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, noted a long tradition of different party senators working together on issues, dating to Democrat Bob Graham and Republican Connie Mack.
"It's important because there is a lot of stuff that comes before us that is not partisan," Nelson said, quickly adding, "Well, there's a lot of stuff that comes in front of us that is way too partisan! But especially when it comes to issues of Florida, this is where the two of us come together and that's going to continue."
Republican Rubio, who met early Monday with Nelson said "we look forward to carrying on that important tradition of Florida senators working together." The senator-elect kept his remarks brief: "I know I'm a senator now so I get to talk for long periods of time, but I'm not going to do that today," he said, thanking the crowd and Nelson.
The event-- sponsored by the state's tourism marketing division and various state agencies to showcase Florida seafood -- drew a full house to the Florida House, the state's unofficial embassy. Sponsors said they hoped the event demonstrates that Florida seafood is safe and bountiful. The industry, tourism officials said, is still suffering from the oil spill in the Gulf.
In attendance: Miami Rep. elect-David Rivera, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Rep. Kathy Castor, Gus Bilirakis, Vern Buchanan, Jeff Miller -- in line to chair the veterans committee in the House -- and John Mica -- the likely transportation committee chairman.
Also attending, newly elected Orlando-area Republican Reps. Sandy Adams and Daniel Webster, who defeated Democrats Suzanne Kosmas and Alan Grayson.