I wasn’t happy to write it, but there was a lot of reaction to yesterday’s post in which I declared Mike Haridopolos to be the Worst Senate President of the modern Republican era.
One legislative staffer messaged me to say:
“How sad is it that you could’ve written another 2500 words and still only summarized his failures?”
A second former legislative staffer who worked for Haridopolos sent me a message about what my analysis was missing:
“You forgot one other thing in the Haridopolos story. He blamed everyone but himself for his problems.”
Another reader reminded me “that Haridopolos fired a lot of long time staff directors in key positions in the Senate when he became Senate President” creating a great deal of animosity early in his tenure.
However, not everyone agreed with me that Haridopolos was the worst Senate President of the modern Republican era. Some thought Jim King was dealt a bad hand having to work with his counterpart in the Florida House, Johnnie Byrd.
Other readers were critical of Tom Lee. However, if there was a runner-up to Haridopolos, the consensus pick among Tallahassee insiders seems to be John McKay, who overcame a personal scandal early in his career to win the top post, but squandered his time as Senate President fighting a losing fight to provide a more reliable tax base for the state.
Still, if reader reaction to my post is any indication, Haridopolos is the runaway choice.
One reader noted that Haridopolos was a “joke” because his most significant accomplishments were political gimmicks, such as the “Health Care Freedom” amendment.
Finally, another reader, who agreed Haridopolos was the Worst Senate President, sent me this picture to make the argument that Haridopolos was also the Worst Professor Ever. Yikes!