Anthony Sabatini talks tough after House floor no-show

He couldn't be bothered to actually, you know, vote.

Rep. Anthony Sabatini apparently took a break from smearing shoe polish on his face this afternoon to get on Twitter and brag to his followers about all the bills he voted against on the House floor.

Or, at least, the bills he would have voted against had he bothered to show up for work.

The Howey-in-the-Hills Republican lists a half-dozen measures with brief descriptions that only further the stereotype that Lost Cause fanboys don’t know how to read.

To Rep. Blackface, the GOP-backed plan to address sea level rise (SB 2514) is synonymous with the “Green New Deal.” He dismisses a bill to provide care to struggling seniors (SB 2518) as “Medicaid expansion.” And he describes a bill that would provide police with working radios as “new fees” even though the $3 surcharge in question has been around for years.

Most puzzling, however, is his nay vote on the online sales tax bill (SB 50).

He calls it a $1 billion tax, even though the law already requires the collections and money collected through the enforcing them would be used to replenish the unemployment trust fund — something he’ll be happy about when his quixotic congressional campaign goes down in flames and he finds himself without a paycheck.

Curiously, he leaves out the fact that none of his votes counted.

Sure, he told his aide to submit some “after roll call” votes, but those are worth about as much as a dollar bill with Clement Clay’s face on it — as in nothing, for those of you who aren’t Confederate apologists.

This is par for the course for Sabatini. He talks a tough game and projects himself as the most conservative lawmaker in the state House to get attaboys from his troll army.

But when it comes time to actually take that stand, he’s nowhere to be found.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


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