MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami Dade College’s Board of Trustees has reaffirmed its support for President Eduardo Padron who was caught up in a public firestorm after he criticized several Republican lawmakers.

Padron accused four GOP politicians of trying to kill a bill that would bring the college up a billion dollars in needed funds through a half cent sales tax increase over five years. He called those against the bill “bullies” and “ideologues.”

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The 11 members of the Miami-Dade delegation fired back. They condemned his “uncivilized discourse” and demanded an apology.

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Padron then sent a letter of apology. Rep. Eddy Gonzalez, the Hialeah Republican who chairs the Miami-Dade delegation, said the apology didn’t go far enough and should have been addressed to individuals, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald.

On Monday, the college’s Board took a vote and unanimously supported Padrón and sales tax referendum.

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