Sansom steps down from controversial college post

01/05/09 Mitch E. Perry
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Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom today announced that he is stepping down from a $110,000 job at Northwest Florida State College.

Sansom took the job at the school the same day he was sworn in as speaker in November. He was offered the position after he put $25.5 million into last year's state budget for the school.

He has been repeatedly criticized for taking the job amid questions of whether he was rewarded for helping the school during tough budget times.

In a statement to House members as a special session on the budget began, Sansom said he took the job with pure intentions, but he wouldn't let the controversy divert attention away from House responsibilities.

Mark Ferullo, executive director of Progress Florida, said the group last month launched a website, SackSansom.com, in response to overwhelming response from an online poll asking Sansom to be held accountable for his “cash and carry” style of leadership.

Sansom’s now former job at Northwest Florida State College job was unadvertised, no other candidates were considered for the position and his application wasn’t included in a public notice for the meeting of the college’s board of trustees before they decided to hire him.

It was also reported that Sansom had earmarked millions in “education funds” to build a jet hangar for a major donor to his campaign with a financial stake in the project.

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The last century called...

The last century called & wants their "good ol' boy," "business-as-usual" politics back. Sansom should resign from public office, as well, as should the Pres. of the College. They're both arrogant, self-serving, and feign innocence in the media, but they knew EXACTLY what they were doing. We must inundate the Criminal Div. of the Dept. of Justice...criminal.division@usdoj.gov...and demand Federal investigation into Florida corruption, particularly in higher ed, a corporate-run system that is just as broken, just as corrupt, as the healthcare "industry." Also, please sign this petition...http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/equaljusticeforall...as Florida is the only state in the union with the flagrant stupidity to spit on the US Constitution by legislating in 2004 to charge court fees to the indigent...and in the current Special Session, "Special Slaughter," they want to raise them even higher, which adds insult to injury. These issues should be covered in the national media.

The Last Century

The last century called & wants their "good ol' boy," "business-as-usual" politics back. Sansom should resign from public office, as well, as should the Pres. of the College. They're both arrogant, self-serving, and feign innocence in the media, but they knew EXACTLY what they were doing. We must inundate the Criminal Div. of the Dept. of Justice...criminal.division@usdoj.gov...and demand Federal investigation into Florida corruption, particularly in higher ed, a corporate-run system that is just as broken, just as corrupt, as the healthcare "industry." Also, please sign this petition...http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/equaljusticeforall...as Florida is the only state in the union with the flagrant stupidity to spit on the US Constitution by legislating in 2004 to charge court fees to the indigent...and in the current Special Session, "Special Slaughter," they want to raise them even higher, which adds insult to injury. These issues should be covered in the national media.

The last century called...

The last century called & wants their "good ol' boy," "business-as-usual" politics back. Sansom should resign from public office, as well, as should the Pres. of the College. They're both arrogant, self-serving, and feign innocence in the media, but they knew EXACTLY what they were doing. We must inundate the Criminal Div. of the Dept. of Justice...criminal.division@usdoj.gov...and demand Federal investigation into Florida corruption, particularly in higher ed, a corporate-run system that is just as broken, just as corrupt, as the healthcare "industry." Also, please sign this petition...http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/equaljusticeforall...as Florida is the only state in the union with the flagrant stupidity to spit on the US Constitution by legislating in 2004 to charge court fees to the indigent...and in the current Special Session, "Special Slaughter," they want to raise them even higher, which adds insult to injury. These issues should be covered in the national media.

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