Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford, whom the Miami Dolphins blamed for their legislative failure in Tallahassee this year, fired back Friday, expressing solidarity with three lawmakers targeted in political ads due to their opposition to the football team's plans.
Weatherford, a Wesley Chapel Republican, didn't mention the Dolphins by name in his keynote speech at the Miami-Dade Republican Party's Lincoln Day fundraiser. But he didn't have to.
"No matter where you were on that bill, for it or against, it, it doesn't matter to me," he said. "But the fact that there are people who are attacking members of your community, your representatives, because they stood on principle, is wrong. And I've got their back, and you should have their back, too."
The three lawmakers in question -- Miami Republican state Reps. Michael Bileca, Jose Felix Diaz and Carlos Trujillo -- were present at the GOP dinner. And Weatherford got plenty of applause for defending his colleagues.