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Dean Cannon not pleased with Repubs standing stunt with Daphne Campbell

Campbell Democratic Rep. Daphne Campbell is on the outs with fellow Dems (background here)-- so under the enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend logic, she's now a buddy of the GOP. During debate, Republican caucus members stood behind her as a show of support for her bill that repeals a law requiring chairs for workers (HB7131).

Democrats in the back complained they couldn't be seen during debate because of the wall of Republicans in front of them.

House Speaker Dean Cannon was out during the stunt, and when he came back he was none too pleased. "Members, take your seats. All of you." They slunk to their seats with smiles plastered on their faces.

Well, at least they got to sit down. They then cast a largely party-line vote (Campbell excluded from the Dems) 85-32. Among those Democrats to join Campbell: leader Ron Saunders. The two have had a strained relationship since he passed on the story that Campbell and Rep. Scott Randolph had flung papers back and forth at each other after an argument over an abortion bill.

Campbell demanded he apologize because she flung no papers. She was going to hold a press conference to bash him and Randolph. She called it off under pressure, and Saunders said he never said he witnessed the flinging. He says he was either misquoted or misunderstood.

Not enough. Campbell plans another press statement. Saunders said he'll apologize or clear the record. Again.

The whole incident, though, has at least brought Cannon and Saunders a little closer together. Cannon sent a personal note to say Saunders' vote was a "classy move --tip of the hat."

 

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Cynical Idealist

Democrats eating their young once again... Republicans making them look as stupid as Scott Randolph seems determined to prove he is...Sad thing is there's talk the R's have almost convinced Campbell to switch. It's just a matter of which chairmanship she gets next time around, and how much RPOF will pony up to help keep her in office (Daphne....Please talk to Sheri McInvale before you agree to anything!)

Too fun

I love how the Herald is playing into the hands of a woman who should have been Baker-Acted after this behavior. So, let me get this straight: you attempt to get a Pulitzer by publishing a piece on nursing home/group home neglect and fail to mention that one of those same perpetrators got ELECTED to the HOUSE???

Wow, no Pulitzer for you for missing that huge point.

Oh, and I love how dumb the GOP sheep are to stand with that loony-bird. That picture is going to look awesome when it's framed by a mailbox in 2012.

emer

kudos @ too fun for calling out Campbell's group home neglect case. i don't care what her personal/political views on abortion are, this woman is a crook like governor scott. we should really pass a law preventing people with these kinds of charges on their record from running for office.

Sarah Goldstein

SCOTT RANDOLPH’S HATE CRIME AGAINST REP. CAMPBELL IS APPALLING!
Scott Randolph committed a hate crime against Daphne Campbell on the floor of the Florida House. A legislator should not be assaulted, bullied, insulted, and threatened for exercising her constitutional right to vote on the floor of the Florida House. Randolph is a racist bully that acts as if he were on a plantation and Haitian-American Rep. Campbell was his slave.

Randolph’s crime cannot be minimized, much less ignored. Scott Randolph is not fit to be a member of the Florida House of Representatives and we must ask Gov. Rick Scott to remove him from office for his despicable hate crime. If you prize freedom and the Rule of Law, contact Gov. Rick Scott and tell him Randolph MUST BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE NOW! Silence is Violence! Stop the bullying in the Florida House NOW.

Melissa

Sarah,

Where is the proof that he attacked her? NO ONE will say that he did, even the Reps that don't like Scott Randolph one bit. There is NO video showing that this attack occurred. I want proof that it has happened.

Also, why hasn't she pressed charges if it did occur? She INSISTS that he brutally attacked her, but is not pressing any charges and only wants an apology? Something doesn't smell right.

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