While sexual harassment allegations and rumors continued to swirl around Tallahassee, one legislator watched the show while completing a personal international deal.
Sen. Jeff Brandes, his wife Natalie and their eldest daughter Charlotte, whom they call “Lottie,” spent the past week in the sprawling port city of Guangzhou – outside Hong Kong – wrapping up the year-long adoption of a new daughter.
The trip was their first time in China since they began the adoption process.
“You meet them on a Monday, you go back to the consulate on a Tuesday, they ask if you still want this child,” Brandes said, back in the Capitol Wednesday. “You promise not to abandon her and everything else. Then it’s about a week-long process.”
Elizabeth, “Lizzie,” is the fourth child for the couple married just over a decade. Elizabeth, 8, is the first they’ve adopted.
The couple has two sons, Colin and Conor, ages 6 and 4.
Brandes, known for pushing legislation about new technologies, said he was able to follow the latest Capitol intrigue via tweets and admitted: “it was a good week to be away.”
“I walked in the lunchroom today, I said, `Sorry guys I’ve been gone a week. Anything happen while I was gone?’,” Brandes joked Wednesday before an Appropriations Committee.
Republished with permission of the News Service of Florida.