King sways some Democrats on budget vote

05/08/09 Mitch E. Perry
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The Florida Senate voted 32-8 for the $66.5 billion budget today, but not all of the Democrats voted against it, as they vowed last night as a protest.

Jacksonville Republican Jim King tried to shame some of them today against voting against the budget, discussing the bipartisan nature of the Senate in passionate terms.

Miami Dade County Democrat Fredericka Wilson bitterly accused Senate leaders of capitulating to the more conservative House in crafting the final budget.

J.D. Alexander, one of the top negotiators for the GOP in the Senate, also appeared emotional in talking about how far the body had come under dire economic circumstances at the beginning of the legislative session.

Local Democrats Charlie Justice and Arthenia Joyner voted against the budget, as did Republican Sen. Ronda Storms.

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