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With a once-in-a-generation environmental crisis threatening state — and a $2.7 million legal judgment against him – Rep. Chris Dorworth still found time to attend Kentucky Derby

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***Updated: It appears Rep. Dorworth has taken down the incriminating photos of his trip to the Kentucky Derby.***

Oh, I don’t know, I’d think with a once-in-a-generation environmental crisis looming off the coast of Florida, not to mention a $2.7 million judgment hanging over my head, the last place a future Speaker of the Florida House would want to be seen is the Kentucky Derby.

But that’s where Representative Chris Dorworth was on Saturday.

I’m just going to assume that the Republican Party of Florida did not pay for his ticket to Louisville.

Listen, I know what it’s like to have financial troubles.  And I know how fun the Kentucky Derby is.  But even I know well enough that when you are in the hole, the last place you go is the track.

Dorworth’s trip to Kentucky also brings into question his statement that “he’s not a gallivanter”:

“If I sit around and do absolutely nothing, then people say, ‘Hey man, this guy’s got a lot of stuff going on and he’s not doing anything.’ But if I go out, then you say, ‘You’re gallivanting around the state.’ I clearly don’t gallivant. If you’ve ever seen me before, I’m not a gallivanter.”

Um, dude, you need to lay off the ponies.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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