Wait, Isn't That Prostitution?
Head out to the sidewalk of Hollywood's portion of Federal Highway in the wee hours of the morning, whip out $500, and ask one of the suggestively dressed young ladies what that gives you.
You're liable to get a response very similar to the one that Hallandale Beach Democrat Rep. Joe Gibbons gave to the St. Pete Times.
"Access -- an opportunity to come and explain your issue to me," Gibbons said when asked about what a lobbyist's half-grand will get him. Of course, in the next breath, he caught himself.
"You'd have it anyway, but they just think it gives better access and more access."
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Ha! What would make them "think" that? In fact, if you're reading this in Hallandale Beach and you don't have $500 to give, I suggest you phone Gibbons' office right now and ask for a personal meeting to "explain your issue" to him. Let me know what they tell you.
I don't mean to make an example of one state legislator who just gave a quote, but come on! Not only is that a disingenuous remark; it's using St. Pete Times editorial space for free advertising: Legislator selling access. Get it while it's hot!
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