Dane Eagle

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Dane Eagle
Dane Eagle.jpg
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 77th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 20, 2012
Preceded by Denise Grimsley
Personal details
Born (1983-05-22) May 22, 1983 (age 31)
Cape Coral, Florida
Political party Republican
Alma mater Florida Gulf Coast University (A.A.)
University of Florida (B.A.)
Profession Real estate broker
Religion Christianity

Dane Eagle (born May 22, 1983) is a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 77th District, which includes Cape Coral in Lee County, since 2012.

History[edit]

Eagle was born in Cape Coral, and attended Bishop Verot High School while working at his family's real estate business, Eagle Realty. He later attended Florida Gulf Coast University, where he received his associate degree in 2003 while working as a realtor full-time. Following graduation, Eagle attended the University of Florida, majoring in economics and initially aspiring to be a pediatrician. After he was appointed to a citizen advisory committee in Gainesville, however, he decided to enter public service, and upon graduation, moved to Tallahassee, where he eventually became the Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Charlie Crist. After working for several years in government, he eventually moved back to Cape Coral, working for Dane Realty full-time.

Florida House of Representatives[edit]

In 2012, following the reconfiguration of Florida House districts, Eagle opted to run in the newly created 77th District, based in Cape Coral. He racked up endorsements from former Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp, State Senator Michael S. Bennett, State Representatives Gary Aubuchon, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and the National Rifle Association.[1] In the Republican primary, Eagle faced former City Councilman Chris Berardi, whom he was able to defeat in a landslide, winning 71% of the vote to Berardi's 29%. Advancing to the general election, he faced Arvella Clare, the Democratic nominee. During the course of the campaign, he earned the endorsement of The News-Press, which praised him for "[h]is knowledge of government, his passion for Southwest Florida and his willingness to listen to ideas different than his."[2] Ultimately, Clare did not prove to be a major obstacle to Eagle, and he defeated her easily, winning his first term in the legislature with 62% of the vote.

Drug Free Public Officers Act[edit]

Dane Eagle sponsored House Bill 1435, titled "Drug Free Public Officers Act" which would require public officers and elected officials to take drug tests. Anyone refusing to take the test would have to resign.[3]

DUI arrest[edit]

On April 21, 2014, Eagle was arrested for driving under the influence in Tallahassee, following a series of events that included instances of speeding, reckless driving and running a red light. he was also noted to have bloodshot eyes, staggering and smelling of alcohol. Eagle claimed that the smell of alcohol coming from his vehicle was the result of having people who were drunk in his car earlier in the night and refused to submit to a field sobriety evaluation, and, following his arrest, refused to take a breath test.[4]

Following his arrest, Eagle put out a statement, declaring, "I was arrested in Tallahassee and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. While there are some decisions I would have made differently, I do not believe there is a complete and accurate picture of the events. Under the advice of my legal counsel, I cannot discuss all of the details right now, but I look forward to publically (sic) sharing the entire story at an appropriate time. Until then, I humbly ask for everyone's patience. I know that I am accountable for my actions, and I look forward to communicating with my constituents in the near future on this matter."[5]

The News-Press, which had endorsed him in his 2012 campaign, drew parallels between Eagle's arrest and disgraced former United States Congressman Trey Radel's arrest for cocaine use, noting that Eagle "has disappointed his constituency and embarrassed himself," and questioning why he refused to exonerate himself with a breath test, if he was correct about the fact that he had not been drinking.[6]

In the aftermath of Eagle's arrest, Michael Van Sickler of the Tampa Bay Times and the Miami Herald noted that, despite Eagle personally refusing to undergo sobriety and breath tests during his arrest, he sponsored legislation that "requires certain public officers to undergo drug tests."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Derby, Kevin (July 25, 2012). "HD 77: Former Charlie Crist Hand Dane Eagle Has Financial Edge". Sunshine State News. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Endorsement: Florida House District 77 - Dane Eagle". The News-Press. October 21, 2012. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ wctv.com, Mar 05, 2014, New House Bill Would Require Drug Tests For Public Officers By: Bailey Myers, [1]
  4. ^ Van Sickler, Michael (April 22, 2014). "Dane Eagle arrested for DUI". Miami Herald. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ Breitenstein, Dave (May 2, 2014). "Dash cam video of Rep. Eagle's DUI arrest". The News-Press. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Instant Editorial: Eagle's DUI arrest seems representative of our leaders lately". The News-Press. April 22, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ Van Sickler, Michael (April 22, 2014). "Updated: Rep. Dane Eagle among 41 booked in jail on Monday: Guess whose mug shot was last to be public?". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 

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