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Pinellas' GOP property appraiser: 'it's our party that's keeping reform' of flood insurance from vote


Among the interesting aspects of the CD-13 special election to replace Bill Young, there's this nugget in a USA today report about voters' concerns with the GOP over flood insurance:

"We need to be honest about our party, because in truth it's our party that's keeping reform of this (flood insurance program) from being fixed," Pam Dubov, the Pinellas County property appraiser, advised a recent supper club meeting of Pinellas County Republicans.

Specifically: U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, are standing in the way. This despite repeated statements from the Republican Party of Florida and Gov. Rick Scott, who suggest it's....wait for it....President Obama's fault.

Not every Washington Republican is opposed. Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio joined Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in a test vote to keep rates from skyrocketing.