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Speaker Cretul?

January 30th, 2009 by Mike Vasilinda

The Tallahassee lobbyist community is abuzz this Friday with talk of an imminent resignation by House Speaker Ray Sansom. Miami Republican Rep. J.C. Planas today publicly called for Sansom to step down.

Sansom is under investigation for funneling more than 25 million dollars to a Destin college, then taking a six figure job with the school. He also sent 6 million for an emergency operations training center that looks suspiciously like a hanger a big GOP contributor want to build.

An apparent deal is in the works for Sansom to resign the Speakership but remain in the House. The logic…I didnt do anything wrong but the honor of the House is too important and I have to take care of my family. Rep. Larry Cretul, R-Ocala would take over as a care taker Speaker, leaving a path for Sansom to return should investigators or the grand jury not come up with anything. An alternative to Cretul is Rules Chairman Rep. Bill Galvano of Bradenton. Galvano lost the Speakers race to Sansom.

Insiders say it would not be appropriate for Speaker in waiting Rep. Dean Cannon of Winter Park to assume the job early. The same is true for Rep. Will Wetherford. Cannon is not returning phone calls, at least so far today. Neither is House spokesperson Jill Chamberlain.

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