West Palm Beach legislator featured in Mother Jones Scott-bashing cover storyby Dara Kam | February 20th, 2013
State Rep. Mark Pafford, a West Palm Beach Democrat, is featured in a Mother Jones cover story blistering Gov. Rick Scott.
The left-leaning mag piece, entitled “What’s It Like to Wake Up From a Tea Party Binge? Just Ask Florida!” focuses on the impact of Scott’s first-year budget-cutting that received praise from his tea party supporters.
Pafford, a leader in the Democratic caucus in the GOP-dominated state House, weighs in on how the Sunshine State is the proving ground for many tea party issues.
“Florida is where the rhetoric becomes the reality. It’s kind of the tea party on steroids,” Pafford is quoted as saying. “We’ve lost all navigation in terms of finding that middle ground.”
And he talks about the impact of the budget cuts that slashed spending on the environment and health and human services and imposed new abortion restrictions.
“They don’t realize the damage done when you remove revenue from the budget,” says Pafford, the Democratic legislator from Palm Beach, whose district has seen record flooding in the past year. “We defecate in the water we drink because we don’t want government control. At the same time we offer 18 bills on whether a woman can have an abortion. There are a lot of people who miss Gov. [Jeb] Bush—that’s where we are.”