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Cannon portrait unveiled

Members of the Florida House marked the end of Speaker Dean Cannon’s leadership by unveiling a portrait of him, which will hang in the House. Regan McCarthy reports Cannon says seeing the painting is a little surreal.

House Speaker Dean Cannon says he associates portraits with “antiquity,” and often, people who are dead.

“It’s a little sobering to see an unmistakable symbol that my time in the House has come to the end.

Cannon thanked those who he says have supported him and inspired in his career, like former governor Jeb Bush who he says showed him what a leader could be.  He also mentioned former governor Charlie Crist...

“...for showing me what a politician should not be.”

Cannon says he looks forward to his successor Will Weatherford taking over as speaker of the House next year.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

Phone: (850) 645-6090 | rmccarthy@fsu.edu

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