Former state Senator Larcenia Bullard has died, according to her an aide to her son, Senator Dwight Bullard.
The Miami Democrat ended a long legislative career in 2012, leaving the Senate because of term limits. She was 65.
I asked lobbyist Bob Levy if he had any thoughts about Senator Bullard he wished to share. Here’s what Bob wrote in response:
“I grew up politically with Larcenia – have known her almost 30 years – her daughter calls me Uncle Bob – her son – now Senator – worked four years for me while he went to FAMU. I went through Hurricane Andrew with them blow by blow literally. I had dinner with her two weeks ago Sunday when she was here for the opening and all she could do was talk about how proud she was of Dwight – and the love she has for her grandson – my niece Edwina’s son – she had a heart of gold – all of us have hysterical Larcenia stories but she cared deeply about the people she represented and no one ever got that – why she always got opponents – and why she always blew them away.
She had suffered so much in recent months – she lost about five people in her family – one funeral after another – guess at the end of the day her big heart just wasn’t big enough and finally gave in – many many people will feel as heartbroken as I do by the news – just sad when we lose someone in our political family – but for me it was personal family.”