Florida Politician's Deal: 1 Book, 1 Copy, $152K

Florida Senate president was well paid for (very) obscure book
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2011 1:46 PM CST
A Jan. 19 file photo of Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos.   (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)
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(Newser) – Florida Democrats are having fun with an AP story noting that the Republican president of the state senate got the princely sum of $152,000 to write a book on politics for Brevard Community College. The kicker is that only one copy of Florida Legislative History and Processes exists—at the college's administration office. The AP also dug up emails suggesting a sweetheart deal: college administrators thought it would be wise to keep the well-connected senator, Mark Haridopolos, in its good graces.

Haridopolos tells the Tampa Bay Times that his book is "worthwhile" and that it's easy to pull excerpts of any work to make it sound silly. (One widely commented upon snippet from his book advises that a "cell phone will be essential" for office-seekers.) "I think as you read the whole book, you can see what it’s like to run for office and to be in office," he says. "That’s the goal of the book, and to give some context to what committee chairman do, the process, and the political history of Florida."

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