Steve Andrews getting involved in Kevin Rader’s crusade against lobbyist

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Could someone in the Senate please ask Kevin Rader to knock it off?

That’s the gist of a letter Tallahassee attorney Steven Andrews wrote to Senate general counsel Dawn Roberts last week.

“Would you kindly ask Sen. Rader to stop disseminating my client’s picture around the Capitol on stationery that bears the Senate’s seal?” Andrews wrote.

“The last week has been bad enough without this nonsense,” Andrews continued in his letter, dated April 27.

This was after the Democrat from Boca Raton had plastered in Capitol elevators posters bearing a pixelated image strongly resembling insurance lobbyist Lisa Miller.

“Senator Kevin Rader would like to know… Where is ‘Concerned Citizen’ Mary Beth Wilson,” the letter-sized document announced.

Rader has been on Miller’s case ever since another insurance lobbyist wrote on his blog that Miller had impersonated that “concerned citizen” during a conference call with the Demotech Inc. ratings agency.

“I’m writing this letter to you as general counsel for the Senate, since Sen. Rader has been using the Senate’s seal in documents he posted around the Capitol in public places. If I don’t hear from you I will assume that Sen. Rader will stop this conduct.”

Rader asked Gov. Rick Scott in February to order an investigation into the conference call but says the only response has been crickets.

Both Miller and Demotech have adamantly denied doing anything of the sort.

Michael Moline is a former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal and managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal. Previously, he reported on politics and the courts in Tallahassee for United Press International. He is a graduate of Florida State University, where he served as editor of the Florida Flambeau. His family’s roots in Jackson County date back many generations.