Goodness Gracious. Whatever one thinks of the outcome of the CSX/High Speed Rail/Tri-Rail/Rail Authority/Sunrail monstrosity that finally romanced its way through Tallahassee last week, can we all agree on the general lameness of DOT’s supposed leaders? I’d long since given up on any expectation that Stephanie Kopelousos and her top staffers would actually provide public service. But I expected them to somewhat competently sell out their state to CSX.
Instead, we find Kopelousos and another top DOT official, Kevin Thibault, using goofy comfort food codewords like “french toast” and “pancakes” in the subject lines of emails related to controversial elements of the CSX deal. This would, critics say, help them avoid detection when public records requests sought to search emails for rail-related issues. Top notch spycraft. It’s all like a bad episode of “Burn Notice.” On the other hand, their illicit digital communication concerning trains does inspire me to invent a new word: CSeXting. Careful kids, it can get you in trouble. Or at least laughed at.
I’ll have a more thorough post mortem of the rail deal and vote later this week. Suffices to say, we’re no worse off in Lakeland for fighting it than we would have been had we rolled along quietly two and a half years ago. And, whatever happens, a whole bunch of legislators from both parties had to take a bad vote with an election year bearing down. We’ll see how all of that plays out.