Sunburn – The morning read of what's hot in Florida politics – 4.16.18 – Florida Politics (blog)
Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.
By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Daniel McAuliffe, Jim Rosica and Drew Wilson.
Richard Corcoran is not running for Florida governor. At least not yet.
The Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet had reported that Corcoran “penciled in the week of April 16 for an announcement of his candidacy.”
But that story was published before a special session on gambling (more on that below) became a possibility. According to Corcoran’s right-hand man, James Blair, as long as legislative leaders are entertaining that prospect, the Speaker’s statewide ambitions are on hold.
“Speaker Corcoran is always going to put the people’s business before politics,” Blair told Florida Politics Sunday afternoon. “As long as there are rumors of a special session, the Speaker’s focus will be on his job as a legislative leader. Any political business will come after legislative business is resolved.”
If and when that special session takes place is really any one’s guess.
On Friday, our former colleague, Ana Ceballos (now with the Naples Daily News) reported that the lead negotiators of a deal on gambling, Republicans Sen. Bill Galvano and Rep. Jose Oliva, “have sent a blueprint of their recommendations to Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron, who are working on the final pieces of the proposal.”
However, late Friday, Florida Politics and then POLITICO Florida, reported that Galvano was saying there is “no agreement (on) or recommendations” for a special session.
Reading between the lines, it appears Sen. Kathleen Passidomo may have spoken too soon when she told the Tallahassee Democrat, “The policy has been negotiated and the recommendations have been presented to the presiding officers, and that’s where we can get this done.”
Previous reporting by PF’s Arek Sarkissian, Matt Dixon and Marc Caputo indicated that “lawmakers are zeroing in