Monday, April 18, 2005

The RV caucus

TALLAHASSEE, FL - For most of the year, Rep. Charlie Dean lives in a three-bedroom ranch-style house in a lakefront community just outside Inverness.

But for two months each spring, home is a 38-foot gray and green Safari Zanzibar in a recreational vehicle park on the outskirts of Tallahassee. His neighbors are all Republican legislators who prefer living on wheels to the sterile confines of a hotel room or furnished apartment.

They call themselves the "RV caucus." Or, more jokingly, the "trailer trash contingent." Members include a retired Army colonel from Jacksonville, a Bradenton insurance agent so immaculately groomed that even his jeans have creases and a health care administrator from Stuart whose husband is a doctor. Full Story...

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