NAPLES (CBSMiami/AP) – Politicians often have to prioritize items because of time constraints. For state Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto, the priority may be money and Sarah Palin over government business and voters.

Benacquisto was recorded as voting yes Thursday on the state budget, even though she had already left Tallahassee to join Palin at a backyard barbecue in Naples, Florida.

READ MORE: Coral Gables Man Refuses To Sell Family House Swallowed By Massive Development

She’s drawn criticism from media in SW Florida for getting to the $500-per-person fundraiser with Palin rather than a candidate forum on Sanibel Island or state business in Tallahassee.

READ MORE: CDC’s Cruise Safety Regulations Thrown Out By Federal Court, Delivering Victory For Gov. Ron DeSantis

Senate Rules chairman John Thrasher, a fellow Republican, said her vote button should have been locked and the Senate then officially changed the recorded vote. Thrasher said he didn’t know who pusher her vote button.

Benacquisto is running for the Congressional seat that was once held by convicted criminal Trey Radel.

MORE NEWS: Miami-Dade Leaders Meet To Tackle Elderly Abuse

(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)