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Pressure Mounts on Embattled Speaker

December 29th, 2008 by flanews

The heat is being turned up on House Speaker Ray Sansom over his new job at Northwest Florida State College. Sansom steered 25 million state dollars to the school last year, before being hired as an administrator in November. As Whitney Ray tells us, a Pinellas County man filed an ethics complaint against the embattled speaker.

Hear it Here: Pressure Mounts on Embattled Speaker

As Representative Ray Sansom was preparing to take over as Floridas Speaker of the House, news of his 110,000 dollar part-time job at Northwest Florida State College was beginning to surface. Sansom used his political clout to funnel 25 million state dollars to the school. The Florida Democrats are crying foul.

Speaker Sansom, over the past month, its been exposed that hes been involved in whats allegedly a massive conspiracy, said party spokesman Eric Jotkoff.

Some of the money Sansom steered to the college is being used for campus construction. Six million will go to build an airplane hanger at the Destin Airport. The Florida Democrats asked the Governor, the Attorney General and the US Attorneys Office to investigate.

So far the partys requests for investigations have been fruitless, but now a citizen is getting involved sending a letter to the ethics commission asking for a full investigation.

The commission isnt allowed to discuss complaints that havent been released to the public. If they choose to investigate they could suggest fines, impeachment or both.

When the Florida Commission on Ethics suggests a penalty for a lawmaker, it sends its findings to legislative leaders. The leaders can then form a committee to decide whether or not to carry out the suggested punishment.

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