Things are really heating up in Tallahassee, and I’m not referring to the friction that has been going on in-between former state Senator Jeff Clemens’ bed sheets, or the other ‘rumored’ ongoing affair amongst the senate’s ranks.
The Republican gubernatorial primary race is getting downright nasty as state Senator Jack Latvala (R) has set his sites on Speaker of the Florida House, Richard Corcoran, who is expected to announce his candidacy sometime after the 2018 legislative session concludes next March.
Latvala has already announced that he is running for governor, and holds an outside chance of actually winning the Republican nomination, but if the primary vote gets splintered between 4-5 candidates.
During the annual Associated Press legislative planning session in Tallahassee, Latvala was questioned over the recent accounting that a private investigator who was hired to follow him around, snapped a picture of him kissing a female lobbyist on the lips.
As you can imagine, Latvala is not all too happy about being tailed by Inspector Gadget types and expressed hid displeasure of it, as well as lashing out at Speaker Corcoran.
Latvala said that the House has currently put in place an “organized effort to tear down the Senate,” and has said that he knows exactly who hired the P.I. to follow him.
Having shown his discontent with Corcoran’s move to cut taxes, as well as cut fat from government agencies he feels are unnecessary, Latvala took the media opportunity to accuse him of “a reign … I won’t say a reign of terror, but there is not a good feeling by many, many members of the House about the control that’s exercised on them.”
Latvala took to Twitter to call out Corcoran for not attending the Associated Press dinner and avoid answer question posed by reporters.
It's a shame @richardcorcoran cancelled his appearance before the AP media throng in TLH. Rest of us were there to answer their questions.
— Jack Latvala (@JackLatvala) November 2, 2017
So far, Latvala and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam are the only two announced GOP gubernatorial candidates. As we mentioned before, Corcoran is expected to announced after next year’s legislative session, and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, who is also expected to run for governor, may make up his mind to do so in the coming months.