June 22, 2021
General News

Winner and Loser of the Week in Florida politics — Week of 5.2.21

“Because we can.”

In a moment of startling arrogance, Republican state Rep. Randy Fine laid bare his party’s attitude toward unity and governance.

It happened during the debate about the $101.5 billion state budget. At issue is a GOP mandate forcing school districts to apply for state grants from the federal American Rescue plan. The money is supposed to go straight to the districts.

State Rep. Susan Valdes of Tampa asked why Republicans did that.

Fine’s smug answer: “Because we can.”

Valdes shook her head and shot back, “I know you did not just do that. That’s not the correct answer.”

Fine smirked.

The Orlando Sentinel captured the exchange. You can see it here.

Fine fired back in an op-ed published by the Sentinel.

“The left didn’t like that very much. The Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board was aghast that we did not simply lay down at the feet of Joe Biden,”…

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