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  Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp's e-mails show public and personal travel ties
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Last EditedCOSDem  Aug 07, 2010 02:14pm
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News DateSaturday, August 7, 2010 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionLt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp was in a jam.

It was April 2008, and Kottkamp and his wife were in Colorado Springs for a meeting with top Air Force officials. They had to go to an awards dinner on short notice, so they hired a babysitter from the Broadmoor hotel to watch their 4-year-old son, Jackson.

But they were in an unfamiliar place and didn't know the sitter. So Kottkamp — now locked in a Republican primary for Florida attorney general — asked his Highway Patrol security chief if another trooper could stay with Jackson "to make sure the sitter doesn't hurt him."

So, "out of an abundance of caution," his campaign says, a state trooper babysat the babysitter.

The story is included in more than 1,500 newly released e-mails given to the Times/Herald in a public records request about Kottkamp's travel as lieutenant governor. Kottkamp's travel patterns have come under fire before for his frequent use of the state plane, including many flights from Tallahassee to his hometown of Fort Myers.

The e-mails don't suggest Kottkamp broke any laws. But they paint a picture of a man with little reluctance to use taxpayer and Republican Party resources to make life more comfortable for himself and his family.
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