Betty Reed weighs in on Ray Sansom listen12/05/08 Seán Kinane
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Florida’s new Speaker of the House, Ray Sansom, has been criticized for accepting a position with Northwest Florida State College on the day he became House Speaker. Sansom, a Republican from Destin, helped funnel $25 million to the school earlier this year. Because of that, some have called for Speaker Sansom to resign from one or both of his new positions.
Rep. Betty Reed, a Democrat from Tampa, told WMNF’s Seán Kinane this morning that she is not yet one of those.
“I have not taken a position on that as of yet. I’m waiting to hear from him. I know that he will have something to say in reference to it, and I’m waiting to hear his comments to see, but I haven’t taken a position yet.”
Sansom’s job as vice president for development and planning at Northwest Florida State College, his alma mater, pays $110,000 per year. The website Progress Florida is polling Floridians on whether Sansom should resign from his college job, from Speaker of the House, or both.