|UNBELIEVABLE! Senate sponsor of Florida Parental Notification walks out on his own bill!|
|MIAMI-Today, Monday, April 19, 2010, at approximately 3:00 p.m. Florida State Senator Andy Gardiner, District 9, representing parts of Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties, and Senate sponsor of Florida's Parental Notification bill walked out of the committee which was scheduled to hear his own bill!|
For further information or interview, please contact: Anthony Verdugo at 786.447.6431.
MIAMI, FL - At approximately 3:00 pm today, Monday, April 19, 2010, Republican State Senator Andy Gardiner, District 9, representing parts of Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties, and Senate sponsor of Florida's Parental Notification bill walked out of the committee hearing on his own bill! According to State Senator Don Gaetz, chairman of the Seante Health Regulation Committee, Sen. Gardiner informed him that he wanted to inexplicably "TP" (temporarily postpone) the bill, effectively killing it since the committee won't meet again before the session ends on April 30th.
"This is the sorriest act of COWARDICE I have ever witnessed an elected official display in all of my years in statewide politics. He didn't even have the decency to stay in the committee hearing room and postpone his own bill. Instead he asked Chairman Gaetz to do it for him," stated Anthony Verdugo, Founder and Executive Director, Christian Family Coalition. "Someone needs to get the message to Gardiner that politics is a contact sport and NOT for the faint of heart!", concluded Verdugo.
In 2004, 65% of Florida voters amended the state constitution to specifically mandate the state legislature with the responsibility of creating a state law on parental notification. Six (6) years later it seems some members of the state legislature continue to lack the backbone to even address the issue.
When Sen. Gardiner decided to run from his own bill, he ran out on and arrogantly thumbed his nose at millions of Floridians and their families who were counting on him to keep his public commitment to sponsor this urgently needed legislation. His lack of COURAGE has left thousands of Florida families totally in the dark if their minor, unmarried daughters are gotten pregnant and are then inflicted a life-endangering abortion behind their parent's back.
All thanks to State Sen. Andy Gardiner. It is now apparent that Sen. Gardiner simply cannot be taken at his word. Nor can he be trusted to do the job his campaign volunteers, voters and financial contributors elected him to do in Tallahassee. Sadly, he has lost ALL CREDIBILITY with his own constituents and the millions of Floridians and their families who were counting on him.
Please call State Senator Andy Gardiner at 850.487.5047 and respectfully tell him how he let you down by walking out on Florida's besieged families!
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