Yesterday, we blogged about an Orlando Sentinel piece on the behind-the-scenes dealings of the lawsuit to overturn Amendment 6, one of the two so-called “Fair Districts” amendments approved by voters on Nov. 2.
The article revealed that political committees consisting of several state legislators, including state Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, and state Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Destin, made donations to the legal funds of Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, who are suing to block Amendment 6.
Today, The News Service of Florida is reporting further on the Republican support that Brown and Mario Diaz-Balart are getting in their battle.
In the article, Bennett and Gaetz made very different statements regarding their support of a lawsuit to overturn Amendment 6. If their comments are to be believed, the two appear to be at odds over the issue:
Bennett has been an outspoken critic of Amendments 5 and 6, which would regulate how state and federal political districts would be drawn. He told The News Service of Florida that he may not be ready to throw in the towel.
“I’m not sure we have any money left in the fund, but I might,” Bennett said of continuing his support. “The people have made their decision … but people do have the right to sue.”
Gaetz, on the other hand, was seemingly dismissive about any contributions his group had made in the past:
Gaetz said Wednesday that his committee has not made additional contributions to the defense funds since voters approved the amendments.
“I’ve not contributed a dime to any kind of legal action for or against anything having to do with reapportionment since the election,” Gaetz said Wednesday during a break in Senate Medicaid hearings. “I’m a partisan. I think 5 and 6 were wrong-headed and very difficult to comply with. But that was then and this is now.”