Most of you probably have no clue who Eric Eisnaugle is.
In fact, if I told you I had an Eisnaugle problem, you might suggest I get an Ace bandage. Or some anti-inflammatory cream.
That’s completely understandable. Eisnaugle, after all, is merely a former legislator who wants back in office.
And so what, right? Such folks are a dime a dozen.
Even the fact that Eisnaugle pushed some wacky stuff when he was previously in the Legislature — like a failed effort to disassemble the Supreme Court — doesn’t necessarily stand out.
Wacky ideas are as common in Tallahassee as fake smiles and American flag lapel pins.
Only here’s the thing: Republican Eric Eisnaugle isn’t just running for a House seat in west Orange County. He’s running to be House speaker … in 2021.
That’s right. He’s 37, not even in the state House, yet Eisnaugle is making plans to head it.
What’s more, big-moneyed interests such as Walt Disney World are helping finance his quest for leadership under the assumption that he’ll win office this year, get re-elected in 2016 … and 2018 … and 2020 — and then take over as House speaker.
Not only is that presumptuous, it’s nuts.
Don’t take it from me. Take it from one of Central Florida’s all-time most-respected legislators, former Senate President Toni Jennings.
“Talk about the tail wagging the dog,” Jennings said. “This tail is so far ahead of itself, it can’t even see the dog anymore.”
Scott Maxwell: Eisnaugle campaigning in 2014 for Florida House leadership post in 2021 lacks sense, humility – Orlando Sentinel.