Harvey Weinsteins of Florida politics hiding in plain sight | Opinion – Sun Sentinel
Who will it be?
Who will be the Florida politician(s) laid low by the kind of sexual assault and harassment scandal which has dethroned one-time Hollywood king Harvey Weinstein?
Please don’t tell me there is no equivalent in Florida politics to Weinstein. After all, politics is show business for ugly people.
The Process — my capitalized term for the business that we’ve chosen and involves elected officials, staffers, lobbyists, fundraisers and donors, campaign consultants, and the media which scrambles to cover it all — is nothing if not a patriarchy.
State government is a massive system constructed, partially if not primarily, around a handful of men holding power over everyone else.
The number of women elected statewide can be counted on one hand. Just two women have held the title of Senate President; none have served as House Speaker.
Meanwhile, a lawmaker watches pornography while sitting in the Senate chamber. Another joins a website known for enabling extramarital affairs. A third hires a Hooters ‘calendar girl’ with no political experience as a consultant.
And the rest of us point and giggle while young women were crowned Miss Rotunda, a title bestowed on the best-looking female intern each legislative session.
Right after the New York Times revealed the disgusting horrors about Weinstein, a prominent, well-regarded (those two terms are not interchangeable) state lobbyist urged me to examine “whether Tallahassee has a casting couch problem.” This veteran insider clearly believes there is, resigning that they “would not encourage either of my daughters to become lobbyists.”
Indeed, a cottage industry has long existed where some male lawmakers and some female lobbyists intersect. Many of us see it and have said/say nothing.
One lawmaker, on the very night I proposed to my wife (who worked in the governor’s office), wrapped his arms around