Jobs for votes?by Christine Stapleton | May 2nd, 2014
Senator Dwight Bullard, D-Cutler Bay, rattled the Senate leadership this morning when – during his comments on a controversial education bill SB 850 - Bullard said that “someone in the House” had told him that “jobs had been offered in exchange forv otes” in the House. The bill pertains to corporate tax scholarships and the handling of application fees for scholarships.
Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, halted the proceedings and asked Bullard to repeat the accusation. Bullard said he would retract his statement but added:
“I do apologize,” Bullard said. “It was shared with me… jobs were offered and placed on the table. All I know is someone said they were offered a job. It had nothing to do with this chamber.”
Bullard said he would not reveal who told him about the deal. Gaetz sternly responded to Bullard.
“Senator you are an officer state of Florida and you took and oath to defend the laws,” Gaetz said. “If you have knowledge of crime, you need to report that to the State Attorney today.”
After the exchange, several other Democratic senators huddled with Bullard.
The debate continues and Bullard cannot now be reached for comment.