Sunshine State News Nancy Smith listened to Don Gaetz’ intention to govern like Ken Pruitt:
A reporter had asked the incoming Senate president how he would change his management style from outgoing President Mike Haridopolis’.
“I’m more like a Ken Pruitt kind of manager,” Gaetz said. “He believed a Senate president has what he called just ‘a thimbleful of power’ — so you have to be careful how you use it. You have to use it sparingly, and that’s what he did.”
The Niceville Republican said that in spite of the troubling economy Pruitt inherited when he took over in 2006, he never abused his authority. “He never forced his will down our throats, he just offered his guidance whenever we asked for it.
“I was just a freshman back then,” Gaetz, a former superintendent of schools, explained. “It was so impressive to me. He made me committee chairman, said ‘put your agenda together, if I’ve got any thoughts for you, I’ll offer them, but it’s all yours to make happen.’ In the whole of his two years, Ken Pruitt only asked me one time to vote for a bill.”