Lucy Morgan column: Strong arms and strong stands in Tallahassee

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Lucy Morgan: The debate over privatizing much of Florida’s prison system last week probably marks one of the few times a couple of senators provided an escort for one of their colleagues — from the opposing political party, no less.

It attracted little attention last week when Sens. Charles Dean, R-Inverness, and Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, walked onto the Senate floor before the debate on privatizing prisons with Sen. Larcenia Bullard, D-Miami, between them.

Bullard, who has been seriously ill with a recurring heart condition, had been in tears after days of pressure from Senate leaders and lobbyists who wanted her to be the deciding vote in favor of a bill that would have privatized 27 South Florida prisons.

“I told everyone to leave her alone,” recalled Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich of Weston. “Stress is not good for her. ”

Bullard ultimately withstood the pressure and voted against the bill.

She wonders if she survived to vote against privatizing prisons.

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