Today, Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) Chairman Bill McCollum announced the addition of former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Will Weatherford to the committee’s Board of Directors. He joins an experienced and engaged RSLC Board of Directors committed to implementing a vision for growing the largest caucus of Republicans, including electing lieutenant governors, secretaries of state, state legislators and other down ticket offices.Read More
However, it was Weatherford —not Scott, not anyone else in the Capitol rotunda —who most forcefully used his office to pressure the leaders of the Florida Senate to clear up a procedural impediment that stalled the legislation.
Weatherford employed the bluntest of political tools: a veiled threat to hold hostage the state’s $77.1 billion budget until the Senate un-stuck the bill.
“I will not have a budget on the desk,” Weatherford said in a phone call he placed Monday to the office of Senate President Don Gaetz, an opponent of the legislation…Read More