Florida governor says there is no conflict of interest with rail commissioner

Posted Friday, January 17, 2003 4:00 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Gov. Jeb Bush says he is not concerned that the son and daughter-in-law of the state's high-speed rail chairman are lobbyists for companies that want to dictate the system's route through Central Florida. Chairman Fred Dudley has a son lobbying for Disney, and a daughter-in-law lobbying for Universal. Disney is trying to use its influence to make the public rail project run only to its property in Orlando from the airport.

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Friday, January 17, 2003 5:34 AM
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Conflict of interest? How would we know one if we saw it? This is the state where ALL the *shenanigans* in voting took place during the election, mainly because the Administration here in FL doesn't know when to recuse themselves.....

Sorry, I'm still a little ticked about it, and reading "Stupid White Men" certainly isn't helping....

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Friday, January 17, 2003 6:51 AM
Does anyone know if the son and daughter-in-law are married or is she married to his other son?? Curious only because aside from this issue it would be interesting if they were married and yet lobbying for competitors.....interesting dinner conversations at that house for sure if this were the case.
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Friday, January 17, 2003 10:48 AM
He's a Bush he doesn't have a clue as to what conflict of intrests is. There is no way it should only stop at one location. It's a train for crying out loud, not a shuttle bus that takes you from the parking lot to the park.

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Friday, January 17, 2003 10:53 AM
Do we always have to start with the political crap? It's just gonna start a "Bush did that" followed by an "Oh yeah well Clinton did that" deal. Happens everytime politics come up on here.

As long as there is one going for each company I see no conflict of interest.

IMO the train shoudl stop at a more central location as opposed to Disney. That is of course if the High Speed Rail System is implemented at all, where is the financing gonna come from?

High speed rail is something we really need but I don't think its gonna happen as long as people don't have a clue about financing. Passenger rail is a money losing propostition just as highways and air travel are but people seem to think it should pay for itself. Highways don't pay for themselves but you dont see people in a an uproar about that. Every country in the world has a fully subsidized passenger rail system except for the US.

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Friday, January 17, 2003 12:45 PM
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Basically, republican or democrat, if you have an immediate family member working for a company with a LARGE stake in a political decision, the general rule is: "If in doubt, recuse yourself". It's SUPPOSEDLY not about a *conflict of interest* per se, but the potential for it, and the appearnace of impropriety....

....bill, here in FL, land of the bankruptcy homestead exemption...;)

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Friday, January 17, 2003 5:07 PM

Although I am a Disney fan, I have to take Orlando's side to this issue. A mass transit system is only good if it caters to the MASSES, or to ALL people. We have to remember that the train is being built to connect CITIES, not theme parks.

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