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Sansom Resigns College Job

January 5th, 2009 by flanews

Under mounting pressure Floridas Speaker of the House stepped down from his six figure job at Northwest Florida State College today. Speaker Ray Sansom took the job in November after funneling 25 million state dollars to the college. While the move may have appeased some, as Whitney Ray tells us, Sansom isnt in the clear just yet.

Hear it Here: Speaker Resigns

Shortly after gaveling the house into session, Speaker Ray Sansom bowed to mounting pressure and controversy surrounding his new six figure college administrative job.

I have decided to resign from my position as a vice president at Northwest Florida State College, Sansom said.

Sansom took the job after steering 25 million state dollars to the school for construction projects. Republican lawmakers say his decision to resign showed great leadership.

He always said he would put the House above personal issues, and hes done that. I think it showed leadership. I think it showed statesman like ability and Im proud of him for doing it, said Republican representative Will Weatherford.

But not everybody is happy with the move. For weeks Florida Democrats have been asking Speaker Sansom to resign. Now that Sansom has stepped down from his college job they say its too little too late.

Party spokesman Eric Jotkoff said Sansom quit the wrong job.

He should have been stepping down as speaker. Its clear that hes allegedly been involved in a massive criminal corruption conspiracy, said Jotkoff.

Despite the move, the state commission on ethics will still have to review a complaint filed against the speaker last month.

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