Mayors Come to the Capitol to Support Cities Agenda
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn didn’t have much time to rest after returning from India on Wednesday night.
Just a few hours later, early Thursday morning, he hopped aboard a plane to fly to Tallahassee, where he spent most of the day lobbying Gov. Rick Scott and Republican lawmakers.
“I was flying longer than I was in India,” Buckhorn said of his overseas trip, when he was in Mumbai promoting the International Indian Film Academy’s awards (the “Bollywood Oscars”) on April 23-26 in Tampa. Buckhorn spoke at one press conference surrounded by more than 25 cameras and numerous Indian movie stars and starlets.
“They’ve already sold close to 20,000 tickets,” he said.
Buckhorn’s change of scenery was staggering. Rather mingling with Indian celebrities, Buckhorn on Thursday was meeting with Scott, Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, Rep. Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, who is slated to be speaker in 2015-2016 and Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater.