Troutman Goes Gangster on Cousin JD

The CSX/SunRail/High Speed Rail session is underway, and chaos seems to be reigning. The big news, as seen in this Ledger story, is that Rep. Baxter Troutman won’t vote because of his interest in a business that stands to profit from the CSX deal. That business, Phoenix Industries, I probably don’t need to tell you, is owned by his cousin, JD Alexander. Hilarity ensues. I really figured this thing was a done deal this time for any number of reasons, but I think it might be crumbling again. What a mess. Again.

In addition to The Ledger, the St. Pete Times Buzz Blog is covering the story well.

If you’re wondering where you might have heard stuff about conflicts before, it might be here on humble old LL.