Some dude named Will Weatherford named one of the nation’s top state legislators to watch

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Evidently, we’re suppose to keep our eyes on some dude named Will Weatherford, a Republican state legislators from Wesley Chapel (wherever the hell that is!) set to become Speaker of the Florida House at the end of 2012.

According to Governing magazine, which must be some sort of matchmaking publication for political people, this Weatherford guy is “young  and “full of energy” (read whatever you want out of that.) He also has a brother who was a star quarterback at Florida State, so, if nothing else, you should pretend that you like Will Weatherford just so you can hang out with his much cooler siblings.

Weatherford is currently the Chair of the Florida House’s redistricting committee, which seems like a pretty boring job unless you plan on a career as a cartographer.

Anyway, here is the rest of the blurb on Weatherford, which reads a lot like a similar profile of him at eHarmony:

Rep. Will Weatherford is the official speaker-in-waiting in the GOP-dominated Florida House, with a term that would start after the 2012 elections.

Weatherford is one of nine siblings. His brother Drew was a star quarterback at Florida State, and his father-in-law, Allan Bense, served as House Speaker in Tallahassee.

Elected to the House in 2006, Weatherford chairs the Redistricting Committee and serves on the influential Rules and Calendar Council. “He is young, full of energy and unafraid to tackle the tough issues,” says University of South Florida political scientist Susan MacManus. “Obviously, he is well served by his father-in-law’s advice on what it takes to get and maintain respect from fellow legislators and the public at large, but his gut instincts on what matters to the people in his district appear to be well above average.”

GOP state Rep. Gary Aubuchon told the St. Petersburg Times, “If there is such a thing as a natural-born leader, Will Weatherford is it.”

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