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Bye Bye, So Long

December 19th, 2006 by Mike Vasilinda

Today was the last Cabinet meeting for Governor Jeb Bush and CFO Tom Gallagher. Bush was presented with a cedar rocker by Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson. Before taking it for a test ride, Bush smiled and jokingly asked if the cutting of cedar trees from a state forest was properly permitted. Bronson said yes and went on to say
50 years from now when your gumming grits for three meals a day, this rocking chair will be around as a remembrance of the Department of Agriculture and the Division of Forestry. Bush leaves office January 2 at midnight.

CFO Tom Gallagher also participated in his last Cabinet meeting today. Gallagher was one of only 4 Republicans from Miami when he was elected to the state house in 1974. He went on to serve as Insurance Commissioner during Hurricane Andrew, As education Commissioner and as the states first CFO. Governor Jeb Bush took note of the service by asking the Cabinet to pass a resolution honoring Gallagher today Tom has been an extraordinary leader. And Ive seen him in many different ways. Ive seen him as a very talented politician and a really shrew and smart public servant, and Ive also seen him as a dad and a committed husband and I think thats a full package and the measure of a man. So tom, were leaving together and I cant think of anybody better to leave with than you. Tom I appreciate your leadership and your friendship
Gallagher responded Its a great experience. Its one I would recommend to people if they have the opportunity to serve, they should. Im looking forward to something else. Thank you very much.
Gallagher has not disclosed his life plan after politics.

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