Have Florida Leaders Lost Sight of Who They Serve?

By: League of Women Voters of Florida Release
By: League of Women Voters of Florida Release


Not two months ago, in the November election, with a broad turnout of roughly 50% of Florida's electorate, the people in overwhelming numbers called for setting rules for how political districts are drawn.

This week newly elected Governor Scott instructed his Secretary of State to halt, and actually recall the first steps to put the voter's mandate into action.

Voters should be angry. Very angry.

"Governor Scott sent a clear message to voters in Florida with this
action - that he knows better than voters, and is in no rush to heed their mandate," says state
League president Deirdre Macnab, adding: "The League calls on Florida leadership to follow the will of the voters and not their own self interest in protecting their reelection."

A clear pattern by leaders is suggesting they are putting their own interests in getting reelected before the vote of the electorate. Take a look at the pattern:

Secretary Kurt Browning, the spokesman for the opposition efforts, which fought passage of amendments 5 and 6, is now in charge of its implementation. This week he sent a letter to the Department of Justice recalling the start of the formal review process.

House Speaker Dean Cannon has resisted appointing members to the House Redistricting Committee, and earlier this month opted to join the lawsuit contesting the amendment that deals with Congressional Redistricting.

The irony of these actions in contrast to Senator Don Gaetz's (chair of Senate Reapportionment Committee) quote "The people have spoken," shows the truth of the phrase: "actions speak louder than words."

The League notes that this combination of events presents a clear movement by leadership
to shut down the majority voice of the people in their call for clear rules in our Constitution.

The Florida League along with our 30 local League of Women Voters chapters across the state will continue to monitor closely the process over the next several months as we continue our call for timely and open progress on implementing the people's voice.

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  • by Pete Zahut on Jan 28, 2011 at 05:36 AM
    "WE" told you!! Scott is a criminal, but you idiots voted for him. Anybody that stupid deserves him, but those of us who saw through this criminal SOB should not have to pay for it! RECALL!! RECALL!!!
  • by lady please on Jan 27, 2011 at 04:44 PM
    I attended the inaugural breakfast and the keynote speaker said " people get the government they deserve" AMEN BROTHER...AMEN!
  • by Tony Location: Tallahassee on Jan 27, 2011 at 03:48 PM
    We have an option here. We can do what California did years ago. RECALL Governor Scott.
  • by Voter Location: Tallahassee on Jan 27, 2011 at 01:54 PM
    I would like to know who is going to fund Speaker Dean Cannon for joining the law suit against the amendment 6. I sure hope he doesn't plan for financial support from Florida taxpayers through the state house budget. Let it come out of his own pocket or his supporters pocket. We the People have spoken. I think the House members should read outloud the florida state constitution at the begining of this years sesion, like congress did, so they under stand what there jobs are.
  • by sick of the bull Location: usa on Jan 27, 2011 at 01:10 PM
    it is not just it is the entire country. they only need you during election. they forget how short 4 years are. they play the people for the fools they are.what them sweat during election. the people better wake up before it is tooo late for us all.
  • by tom Location: madison on Jan 27, 2011 at 12:58 PM
    Obama, Republicans, Democrats.........they are all the same
  • by Alice Location: crawfordville on Jan 27, 2011 at 12:11 PM
    Rubio is one of these elected officials, TEA Party help to elect him and he doesn't know if he should join the party in WASHINGTON. as least we knew Charlie Crist flip flopped, HEy south fla you got what you voted for
  • by gary Location: brooksville on Jan 27, 2011 at 12:11 PM
    seems like some people are disonest, in business as well as in politics, re our new govener may be one of those.
  • by watching Location: Florida destruction on Jan 27, 2011 at 11:58 AM
    To answer the question of this article`s title,,,YES they have and still continue to snub their noses at citizens after they have told all of the lies and slung all of the mud against other candidates and after they get voted into office the foreplay is over. If citizens don`t get the redistricting beginnning this year that was voted for then if recall doesn`t work they we, the taxpaying voting public may have to resort to forcing impeachment.
  • by truth Location: fl on Jan 27, 2011 at 11:52 AM
    all elected officals forget untill the next election or don't care??
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