Casting Art Pope in a servile role:
Yet, McLennan said, the governor can choose other ways to influence lawmakers, he said, noting he has some powerful options, such as his budget chief, longtime Republican donor Art Pope. "I think Art Pope is going to be the kind of power broker in the executive mansion to try to move the House and Senate for the governor. He is working for the governor, not House or the Senate," he said.
Nobody dispatches the Pope on errands. When he goes back and forth, it will be his own agenda that is being served. He's spent too many years constructing an imaginary free-market paradise for the wealthy in his mind, and he's not going to squander this opportunity to pursue the goals of lesser men.
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