No surprises on Florida Chamber report card: R’s get A’s, Dems mostly failby Dara Kam | May 22nd, 2013
Three Palm Beach County lawmakers earned perfect scores from the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Not surprisingly, their Democratic counterparts received mostly failing grades from the powerful business lobby.
GOP Reps. Pat Rooney, R-West Palm Beach; MaryLynn Magar, R-Tequesta; and Bill Hager, R-Delray Beach, all received marks of “100″ from the Chamber. Senate budget chief Joe Negron, R-Stuart, received an “87.”
The Chamber’s grades are based on 8,000 votes cast during the 2013 session that ended early this month. Fifty-nine percent of the 160 House and Senate members earned “A” grades with scores of 90-100 for “voting to make Florida more competitive and in support of the priority jobs issues” included in the Chamber’s legislative agenda, according to a press release.
Rep. Kevin Rader, a Delray Beach insurance agent, fared the best of his fellow Palm Beach County Democrats with a “72,” the only PBC Dem that earned a passing Chamber mark. Rep. Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, was at the bottom of the delegation with a “36,” just two points more than the Chamber’s lowest scorer, Rep. Elaine Schwartz, D-Hollywood.
Here’s how the rest of the delegation fared:
Sen. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Wellington: 59;
Rep. Lori Berman, D-Lantana: 57;
Rep. Bobby Powell, D-Riviera Beach: 55;
Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach: 55;
Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth: 53;
Rep. Dave Kerner, D-Lake Worth: 49;
Rep. Irv Slosberg, D-Boca Raton: 48.