MAYBE WE SHOULD HAVE JIM ROSS AND JERRY "THE KING" LAWLER CALLING THIS ACTION
Power and greed are great motivators for one helluva fight on the horizon to determine who will take the top job in the Florida Senate. As president of the chamber, he or she will have tremendous authority, including that of appointing members of committees, and can wield the virtual veto axe to use at will on any legislation.
Currently, Senator Ken Pruitt (R - Port St. Lucie) holds the top job through next year. Senators J. Alex Villalobos (R - Miami) and Jeffrey H. "Jeff" Atwater (R - North Palm Beach) have been in a contentious battle for who will succeed Pruitt But the big blowup could be for who will take the president's post in 2010, with three senators seeking the job.
Two Polk County lawmakers, Senators J.D. Alexander (R - Lake Wales) and Paula Dockery (R - Lakeland), are both working to gaining support, along with Michael S. Bennett (R - Indianlantic). To say that Alexander and Dockery are not fond of each other would be the understatement of the year; they have feuded openly for quite some time. And there could be two other senators possibly looking at their own possibilities in three years.
Joe Follick of the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group writes about what could become a very nasty situation today.