In a sign of the increasing influence of money in Tallahassee,
Gwen Margolis, an incoming Democratic state senator from Northeast Miami-Dade,
raised campaign contributions for the new Republican Senate president — money
that he used to help defeat Margolis’ fellow Democrats seeking Senate seats.
Margolis readily admitted that she was trying to buy
influence with Senate President Jim King, a Jacksonville Republican, saying that
raising money for King might help her land a prized committee chairmanship or
win budget projects for her Senate district.
”It helps put me in a better position as far as
committee priorities and leadership priorities,” Margolis said. “I’ll do
whatever has to be done to take care of my district.”
Just another day in Floridian politics.