Orlando Sentinel by Scott Maxwell
September 4, 2019
Last week, most eyes were focused on an approaching storm.
But not all.
On Wednesday — the same day Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency — the governor’s appointees to the Orlando airport board were trying to mount a coup.
They were trying to kick out the airport’s long-time attorney and bring in a lawyer who specializes in … medical marijuana.
It was a strange scene, especially since it marked the second attempted coup in recent months.
In May, two of DeSantis’ new appointees launched a failed attempt to shake up the airport. And a legislator from Ocala tried to force Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer off the board, even though the city actually owns the airport.
It seemed sketchy and complicated.
But in politics, most scandals center on one thing: Money.