WRS Compass, the environmental consulting firm that potential Democratic governor candidate Bud Chiles blasted today, issued a “fact check” response this evening saying that its relationship with the state of Florida goes back to the adminstration of Bud Chiles’ father, the late Gov. Lawton Chiles.
The firm got a contract worth up to $250,000 from the state Department of Environmental Protection this month to help counties respond to the gulf oil spill.
Bud Chiles, who’s considering entering the Democratic primary for governor against Alex Sink,issued a statement today noting that the firm’s CEO, Kathleen Shanahan, was chief of staff for Dick Cheney during the 2000 presidential campaign and transition.
Chiles accused the state of delegating basic responsibilities to a private firm and forcing local governments “to work through a firm whose principal was Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff.”
DEP Secretary Mike Sole said Chiles’ description of WRS’ role was “fundamentally flawed.”
Read the WRS Compass response after the jump….