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.