Scott Maddox to Dean Cannon and other pro offshore drilling Republicans : You owe Florida taxpayers $200K

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Maddox is the Democrats top candidate who likely will face Polk County Congressman Adam Putnam for the Agriculture job in November.

Meanwhile, on Thursday morning some concerned citizens plan to meet at Senator George LeMieux's Fort Lauderdale office and deliver a message a letter they wrote to him regarding clean energy and climate change solutions.

And locally, Dan Molloy, a Republican candidate for Florida House District 57, announced today that he is against drilling for oil or natural gas within Florida's waters, which runs from 3 to 10 miles off the coast.  But, he said, he does not want support a constitutional amendment codifying it, saying,

"Our state constitution is about 100 pages long, compared to about

seventeen for the US Constitution, because far too many details and ordinary policies are enshrined in

its text.  I also take note that many fear the state legislature will someday take action which is not

supported by most Floridians with regard to this issue, a trend which appears to be more common

today, and that a constitutional provision would prevent this.  But if that be the case, we need to elect

better legislators – those with more practical experience, leadership, and vision for the future – to

protect the quality of life that makes us all Floridians."

CL predicted after hearing WUSF radio's report about a $200,000 study requested by Florida House Republicans regarding off-shore drilling that somehow escaped initial media scrutiny earlier this spring that Democrats - unless they were absolutely inert - would start raising hell about it.

Yesterday, House Minority Leader Franklin Sands called for an explanation from Republicans in Tallahassee about the Willis Group study.

Today, Democratic  Agriculture Commissioner Scott Maddox said that the $200,000 needs to be refunded to Florida taxpayers.  In a statement, he said:

“They have raised far more than $200,000 from the oil industry and their lobbyists, and that money should be given to taxpayers to pay for the Republican sham study.  Given the fact that the leadership of the Republican House commissioned this so-called study, it would only be fair that taxpayers are reimbursed from monies that they presumably raised for their party."

“Given the clear and obvious political motivations for this rush job of a study, taxpayers should be made whole via political donations made to the Republican party by the oil industry and their lobbyists."

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