Florida: I, Claudius

"This is Claude Kirk, Governor of Florida. Do you read my press? Then you know that I'm a tree-shakin' son of a bitch."

The jowly, jaunty Governor was out shaking trees last week as host of the Republican Governors' Conference in Palm Beach, acting more like a presidential candidate than a freshman state executive. He gave a dozen "in-depth" interviews in one day alone, later lined up 14 taped TV talks with visiting Governors, and hogged the spotlight throughout the conference.

"I'm just sellin' orange juice," Kirk smiles ingenuously. "Sellin' orange juice,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!