By Patricia Campion
(Editor’s note: Clearly the author of the following article — Ms. Campion, “gets it.” Unfortunately many of my fine readers did not. That is, that the “memo” in question was satirical in nature. I had questions and comments from people across the state who thought the “secret memo” was real. Now what does that say about what voters think about their elected “leaders”? One commenter said, “Haridopolos didn’t write that, I recognize his writing and that’s not it.” What does this say about voters? Clearly this is not good. Regardless, enjoy Ms. Campion’s read. I loved her reference to the USF student who “spanked” Sen. J.D. Alexander).
Chris Ingram of the blog site Irreverent View was very proud to announce that he had obtained a “secret memo” from Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolous to Senator J.D. Alexander.”
“The memo speaks for itself about what goes on in Tallahassee when we elect boys to do a man’s job,” Ingram blasted Haridopolous.
An image of the memo is prominently displayed on the website. The words of Haridopolous — scrawled on Florida Senate letterhead as if by the hand of a child — appear in shades of blue and pink crayon.
“Dear J-dog,” the “secret memo” to Alexander from Haridopolous begins. “You stuck it to USF good.”
By the end of the memo one could concur with Ingram that these words portray the tantrum of a spoiled brat who didn’t get his way. However, what the Irreverent blogger failed to do was disclose how the story began.
Flashback to July: The campaign for the University of South Florida Polytechnic campus in Lakeland to become an independent university began to gain steam.
Convinced that USF Polytechnic faculty and staff were to ignorant to know what they’re doing in meeting the Board of Governors’ road map for attaining autonomy, the chair of Florida’s Senate budget committee decided to shove them down the road himself.
It didn’t matter that the state couldn’t even afford to fund its existing public universities. So what if there wasn’t sufficient infrastructure or resources and to hell with the taxpayers who were already stretched to the breaking point.
Skip forward to November, when a 20-year-old sophomore named Michael Long — the lone student representative on Florida’s Board of Governors – paid a visit to Florida’s Senate budget chairman to ask a few questions that might help him and the board to map out a logical path to Polytechnic sovereignty.
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