Good question: What happens if Rachel Burgin defeats Tom Lee?

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AP reporter Gary Fineout asks a good question: What happens if Rachel Burgin defeats Tom Lee in the state Senate GOP primary in Hillsborough County?

Senate leaders backed former president Lee, but that didn’t stop some lobbyists from helping out Burgin against their old foe. Lee’s trangressions are many to some lobbyists, including his push to force them to disclose how much they were getting paid to lobby the Legislature. One of the attacks against Lee dredged up an old divorce and questioned his character.

One could be tempted to conclude it’s just one race and the outcome shouldn’t have an outsized impact in the halls of the Capitol.

But when asked recently if there would be any consequences, incoming Senate President Don Gaetz said this: “I don’t think that any vengeance has to be planned for these Democratic lobbyists. I think the stink of dirty personal attacks will hang on them and they are making their own problems.”

And Gaetz added that he thought that some of those who did help Burgin went “way, way over the line.”

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