House Democratic Leader Ron Saunders came up with a way to add $105,000 to the Alzheimer’s Mobil Network: Do away with the Department of Elder Affairs deputy secretary/chief of staff position.
Saunders, D-Key West, said “no one can seem to tell me what the position does.” He offered an amendment doing away with the unnamed person’s post and shifting the money during debate on the state budget just before this evening’s floor session ended.
Who holds the job that isn’t listed on the position agency’s “Other Key Department Staff” page?
Ron Whitaker, former Republican Party of Florida executive director.
Saunders brought Whitaker’s resume with him onto the House floor, but said the Alzheimer’s advocacy folks asked him to withdraw the amendment for fear that it would get their funding cut in House-Senate conference.
“I think the point was made,” Saunders said, although he conceded “nobody was paying attention” as the budget debate dragged into the evening.
- The Orlando Sentinel’s Aaron Deslatte contributed to this blog.