BY BUDDY NEVINS
Sometimes there is a quote so good I’ve got to share it.
This is the late legislative strongman Dempsey Barron talking to Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan about the proposed ban of freebee’s from lobbyists. It was sent to me by a reader:
“I went out for a free meal last night,” (Dempsey) Barron said. “I ate a 5-pound steak, a baked potato, drank a gallon of liquor, had an after-dinner drink and a quart of ice cream and Kahlua. This morning I feel like a bouquet of dog a–es. So write me up and save me from all this. Save me from myself.”
State Sen. Dempsey Barron, D-Panama City, calling for repeal of Florida’s services tax
It sums up the atmosphere of Tallahassee – often occurring in the Silver Slipper restaurant which Morgan wrote about when she included that quote here—when I covered it in the 1970s and 1980s.
The Silver Slipper is gone and there is a gift ban for legislators.
Are things any better?
Probably just hidden better.