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The Adam Hollingsworth Effect, railroad edition


Busted for lying about his college degree, unable to get Gov. Rick Scott's poll numbers up significantly despite a mission to do so, the governor's chief of staff Adam Hollingsworth is now the subject of a new controversy as reported by the Associated Press:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Gov. Rick Scott's push to spend more than $200 million in state money on improvements to Orlando's airport will wind up helping the company that once employed his current chief-of-staff.

Scott on Monday publicly endorsed the project which will help create a train depot at the airport. One of the rail lines that would use the depot is All Aboard Florida, which plans to build a line connecting Orlando and South Florida.

Before becoming Scott's chief-of-staff Adam Hollingsworth worked for a company owned by the same company developing the rail line. Text messages show that while working for Parallel Infrastructure Hollingsworth discussed the project with a top aide in the Scott administration.

A spokeswoman for Scott said Hollingsworth has not discussed the Orlando airport project with the governor.