Told ya: Carol Gormley going to work for Don Gaetz

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As first reported here, arol Gormley, a House staff director who has played an influential role in health issues such as overhauling Medicaid, will become a senior policy advisor to incoming Senate President Don Gaetz confirms the News Service of Florida.

Gormley’s move will take effect Friday, according to Katie Betta, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park. Betta also will join Gaetz’s staff later in the year. Though Gaetz won’t formally take over the presidency until after the November elections, he has been assembling a staff. In addition to Gormley and Betta, Gaetz’s longtime aide Chris Clark will serve as chief of staff. Also, Lisa Vickers, who has served as executive director of the Florida Department of Revenue, will serve as a senior policy advisor for government operations.

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