Former lawmaker Ken Pruitt’s dual roles draw scruitny

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A lengthy analysis in today’s TCPalm explores the public life and work of former Senate President Ken Pruitt who was elected in 2010 as the St Lucie County Property Appraiser, and who continues to operate a successful lobbying firm with at least 17 clients.

Although the TCPalm report stated that other regional property appraisers find their work to be a full-time, year-round job — particularly this time of year, when preliminary tax rolls and preliminary budgets are prepared — Pruitt’s outside work lobbying the legislature means double crunch time for him.

When asked by reporters about how he manages to fulfill the responsibilities of his public office while lobbying, Pruitt responded saying, “I’m not going to talk about that part of my life…I’m not going to respond to it. I’m not going to comment on that.”

Pruitt’s firm, P5 Group, lists clients including Southern Waste Systems/Sun Recycling, Jupiter Medical Center, New Horizons of the Treasure Coast, the Palm Beach and Broward sheriff’s offices, and the cities of Boca Raton and Delray Beach; and reported bringing in more than $400,000 in 2012 for legislative and executive lobbying.

The TCPalm report questions whether a conflict of interest may arise from these activities, however acknowledges that no law prevents Pruitt from acting in these dual roles. Ultimately it is up to county voters to decide if he has done a good job.