Maybe Ron Book is losing his touch. On Monday, Miami-Dade County commissioners denied Book's request to lobby on behalf of a private client pushing a state bill the county is against. The ultra influential lobbyist represents Miami-Dade before the Florida Legislature. But he also works for the Florida Apartment Association, a group of landlords who want to take away eviction powers from the Miami-Dade Police Department and assign it to private agents. Thus creating a conflict of interest for him.
"It is not being granted," Commission Chairman Joe Martinez said. "He cannot lobby on their behalf."
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The decision caught Banana Republican by surprise. Last year, county commissioners granted Book a waiver on an unrelated matter without discussion. Regardless, it was a good move on the commission's part. Book is getting paid the big bucks to represent the taxpayers' interests not fight against them.