Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Sarasota, gave ties to five of his colleagues that reads in Latin: “Non illegitimi carborundum.” Translation: Don't let the bastards grind you down.
Wearing the fashionable neckwear today: Senate President Mike Haridopolos, Rules Chairman John Thrasher, Budget Chairman JD Alexander, Sens. Garrett Richter of Naples, Don Gaetz of Fort Walton Beach and Bennett.
"Sen. Bennett came to me last night and said, 'Hey, I've got a tie for you,''' Richter said. With the session nearing a close, Bennett wanted to lighten things up, Richter said. He joked that Bennett couldn't afford 40 ties - for every senator -- so he handed them to some of the chamber's Republican leadership.
The tie, featuring gold lions, red latin script and a blue background sells for $44.95 on Amazon.
--Matthew Riva and Mary Ellen Klas