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The best and worst of Orlando City Councilwoman Daisy Lynum

As Lynum prepares to retire, we look at the highlights and lowlights of her 16-year tenure

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There was no beating Lynum for entertainment value at Monday afternoon City Council meetings. Just last month, during contract negotiations for a local service union, Lynum could be seen spouting off sentences like word clouds. An example: “I just don’t like the idea of everywhere. I just didn’t like that whole thing about you punish us when we’re naughty thing, because you want to get paid more,” she said, in reference to a discussion about union negotiations.

She loves you not

You know who Lynum doesn’t love? Reporters. While not returning this scribe’s calls for nearly a decade, she has occasionally avoided him publicly because he smelled of cigarettes. (I’ve since quit smoking. Thanks, Daisy!) But Lynum’s most notable run-in with the fourth estate came when Sentinel writer Mark Schlueb referred to her as “controversial.” “Your description of me as controversial is an inaccurate and negative label of me which I do not appreciate or accept,” she wrote the paper, before launching into a lengthy tirade that traveled past “punitive, mocking and demeaning” before ending up at racism. That’s our Daisy. She will be missed.

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