Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos doesn’t always agree with his own advice.
In his now-controversial book Florida History & Legislative Processes, Haridopolos warns that campaigning will "occupy every moment of the candidate’s life" when he runs for office.
"Perhaps the most critical personal lesson that campaigning has taught me is this:," he wrote, "a campaign cannot be compartmentalized." Haridopolos emphasized that last line by repeating it.
But on Monday, he gave a different answer when asked if he can “compartmentalize” his Senate presidency from his U.S. Senate campaign.
“Absolutely,” he said. “I think I’ll be successful or unsuccessful based on my performance as Senate president. And my goal these next 60 days is to improve the business climate in Florida.”
But Haridopolos’ Senate presidency and his campaign have started inauspiciously – with Haridopolos’ $152,000 book deal at the center of his political troubles.