AIF takes attack against utility regulator to the Internetby Dara Kam | October 15th, 2009
Bishop is demanding that the Public Service Commission inspector general conduct an investigation into messages exchanged by Commissioner Nancy Argenziano and her former aide Larry Williams that he said raises questions about her impartiality on an impending $1.3 billion Florida Power & Light Co. rate hike request.
AIF is supporting FPL, one of its business association members, in the rate case.
Bishop has put the thousands of messages – made available through public records requests by news agencies – on AIF’s website, but singled out Argenziano’s in a press conference this morning.
Argenziano expresses contempt in the messages for her fellow commissioners in which she calls one “an idiot” and “a jerk,” another “a hypocrite,” and for FPL representatives whom she repeatedly refers to as “shills.”
Argenziano, a former state senator appointed by Crist to the PSC in 2007 and slated to become chairwoman of the panel next year, has been an outspoken critic of the PSC and accused other commissioners and staff of trying to circumvent transparency laws restricting communications between the PSC and the utilities they regulate.
“Look, if you’re self righteous, if you live in a glass house, then these are the things that happen to you,” Bishop said. “I’m blaming Nancy Argenziano for being self-righteous. Nobody else is self-righteous. Please make that a quote. Nobody else on the PSC is self-righteous. Nobody else is living in a glass house but her.”