On Fox News, Richard Corcoran boasts of ‘marshal program’
Florida House of Representatives speaker designate Richard Corcoran in his office in the Florida Capitol December 2, 2015.

Speaker pro tempore Richard Corcoran

Despite the outcries of parents and educators, the House appears poised to pass a school defense program that Speaker Richard Corcoran calls a “game-changer.”

The “Marshal Program,” as it’s been dubbed, would allow law enforcement to train and deputize someone who would be allowed to have a concealed weapon while on campus.

“If we have the Marshal Program, now you have 10, 15, 20, 30 people, you have signs out front that say, ‘Hey, these children, these precious resources, they’re being protected by sworn law enforcement officers with greater training than the policemen and the sheriff’s deputy we have out there right now,” Corcoran told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer Tuesday morning.

Corcoran also once again blasted Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who is now being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

He reportedly failed to follow up on information provided to his department about the Parkland shooter. There have also been reports that more than one of Israel’s deputies may have failed to engage the shooter while he was inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office is also conducting an internal investigation into its response to the shooting.

Corcoran seemed to compare that deputy, Scot Petersen, with, well, some other people unidentified people in Tallahassee (he didn’t specify whom) that he claimed were ducking leadership.

“Leadership is everything. Especially in a crisis. When you have a crisis like this, it’s when leaders should step up, work with all parties and figure out a way to solve the problem,” Corcoran said.

He added about Israel: “He’s showing abject failure in leadership.”

“We see it even in the state. We’ve got people ducking down hallways, running into their office. Nobody wants to be on record on how do you solve this problem. (What) we, Gov. (Rick) Scott, President (Donald) Trump, we’re saying here is, the solutions of how we can fix it so that every school child in Florida is safe from here to forward. That this never happens again.”

Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at [email protected].


  • Nancy Argenziano

    February 27, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    This man is a sociopath. He has been charged years ago with the killing of endangered birds as well as a seagull. He was on a big sugar junket with their lobbyist on their land in south Florida. The man does not know the truth, and is never to be trusted. It’s all documented. The lives of all Floridians are in the he hands of crooks, sociopaths and habitual liars that are bent in the head. They don’t care what voters think. They have Herrymandered them selves in and Florida is screwed.

  • Nancy Argenziano

    February 27, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Correction from typo above-

  • Vicki

    February 27, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    We can vote them out – the ones beholden to Maid Marion of the NRA and to Airbnb, Homeaway, and the Blackstone Group. Let’s just do it. We will model ourselves after our brave Florida students who won’t back down.

    Start with Steube, La Rosa, and Grant….read their bills/amendments and what they are trying to do with guns, home rule, and HOAs (prevent them from governing their communities). Time for a big CHANGE in Tallahassee.

  • Jan L

    February 28, 2018 at 6:35 am

    The entire process in Tally is a fraud. The bills come before the public FOR the public. But hearings and testimony are wasted because there is already a pre-determined result already decided. Watch The Florida Channel … seats are empty, legislatures are paying NO attention. These legislators (not all but many) do not listen to their constituents … they listen to their lobbyists. It was heart-wrenching to watch how they treated (ignored) the #ParklandStrong contingency. The same with Corcoran’s bill, 7055. The public is being hog-tied and blinded with no real say. Sad … very sad!

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