After getting a shotgun as gift, Cannon fires political shot at Cristby John Kennedy | March 6th, 2012
House Speaker Dean Cannon reflected on his two years leading the chamber Tuesday, as his official portrait was unveiled and fellow House members chipped in for a gift — a new shotgun for the outd00rs-loving lawmaker.
Cannon thanked his wife, Ellen, and three children for hanging with him through the demands of leadership and the turmoil of politics. His parents were credited for guiding him, and a host of fellow lawmakers for inspiring and motivating him toward policy decisions during two years of challenging budgets.
Cannon, who will leave office in November with no clear plans for future political office, praised governors he served under, Republicans Jeb Bush and Rick Scott. But he singled out another, Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist for a special shot.
Cannon thanked, “Jeb Bush for showing me what a leader could be, Charlie Crist for showing me what a politician should not be, and Rick Scott for showing me that sometimes against the odds, the right person ends up exactly where he was meant to be.”