Just last month, former House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, announced that he and his brothers Sam and Drew were opening a consulting company. The aptly-named Weatherford Partners would provide clients "with a broad range of business expertise and will invest capital directly into private companies with a strategic focus on Florida."
Sounds complicated. And still Weatherford has found time to get involved in other activities.
Only a day after he announced his fledgling company, the Florida Chamber of Commerce announced Weatherford was to sit on its Board of Directors, allowing him to join his father-in-law, former House Speaker Allan Bense, a longtime Chamber power player.
Talk about timing. Weatherford got good mileage out of the previous day's announcement. The Chamber release identified Weatherford as managing partner of Weatherford Partners BEFORE it mentioned he also happened to be Florida's former Speaker of the House.
And then on Friday came news of yet another appointment, this time to the board of directors of the Republican State Leadership Committee. The committee's chairman, former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said in a release that he was "thrilled to welcome Will to our Board of Directors. Electing new, talented Republicans to state legislative chambers remains among the RSLC’s top priorities, and Will’s knowledge from his four consecutive terms with the Florida House of Representatives will be extremely valuable to our mission."
RSLC is a major force in campaign fundraising for legislative races nationally. In the 2014 election cycle it helped raise more than $600,000 for House and Senate races in Florida. Weatherford was known as a formidable rainmaker himself, so he should fit in nicely.
When term limits forced Weatherford out of the House last year, he was coy about his future. He said he was going to be a more present husband and father, and he was going to focus on bolstering his private sector bona fides.
His political future? "I'm not looking for something," Weatherford said then. "If there's an opportunity, I'll take a look, but there's a value in stepping back."
As Friday's RSLC announcement shows, Weatherford might have stepped back, but he still has an eye on the stage.