You know those before-and-after photos of presidents showing how much they aged during their years running the country?
Here's one example:
That's a big difference, but it's nothing compared to what spending time in the Florida Legislature does to a politician. Inside, see the photographic evidence of a stunning transformation of one formerly prominent local state senator.
Here's Steve Geller when he entered the Legislature at the end of the 1980s:
Perfectly regular-looking fellow, right? Well, look at what 20 years of legislative life did to him:
On a positive note, Geller to his credit has lost a fair amount of that girth -- free meal, anyone? -- since leaving office. But just think of it: If term limits hadn't forced him to leave the Senate, he would still be growing.
Let this be a cautionary tale for all who dare to enter Florida politics.