TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — FloridaHouse Speaker Dean Cannon has heard the cliché hundreds of times during floor debate: “I’m not a lawyer, but … ”

So, when asked for his views on a pari-mutuel wagering law during an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, the first words out of Cannon’s mouth were “I’m not a lawyer.”

Cannon, though, did a quick backtrack.

With a laugh, he said, “Wait a minute, I am a lawyer.”

He added, though, that he wasn’t an expert on gaming laws.

He also envisioned a headline about his gaffe: “Cannon says not lawyer, Supreme Court agrees.”

The Republican lawyer from Winter Park then opined that a 2009 law allowing slot machines at certain pari-mutuel facilities applies only to Miami-Dade and Broward counties — not statewide.

 

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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