Most lawmakers MIA from delegate breakfasts

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Florida’s delegates to the Republican National Convention have gathered every day this week at 8 a.m. to hear a parade of speakers, reports David Royse of the News Service of Florida.

But noticeably absent from the gatherings have been Republican lawmakers. A few have showed up — incoming House Speaker Will Weatherford and Reps. Bill Hager, Ronald “Doc” Renuart, for example — but most lawmakers have been nowhere to be seen.

Statewide Republican officials have attended. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is emceeing the breakfasts, and Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater have each made appearances.

Also, showing up at least once have been Congressmen Steve Southerland and John Mica and congressional candidates Karen Harrington, Adam Hasner and Ted Yoho.

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