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The liberal advocacy group Progress Florida is conducting a poll on its website regarding the status of Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom, R-Destin, who recently became a vice president at Northwest Florida State College.
Sansom has been blasted by newspaper editorial boards throughout the Sunshine State for accepting the job at his alma mater after helping provide $25 million in appropriations for the school earlier this year.
Among the questions Progress Florida asks are: Should Sansom resign from either his job at Northwest Florida State College, or as House Speaker, be censured by the House for unethical conduct, or nothing at all?
The groupâ€™s targeting of the speaker comes after state Democrats â€“ well, at least party Chairwoman Karen Thurman - came out and called for Sansom to step aside from one of his two jobs.
Curiously, no member of the Legislature â€“ Republican, or Democrat â€“ has had much to say about Sansomâ€™s situation, perhaps because of the power that he now holds as speaker.
Sansom is now the vice president for development and planning at Northwest Florida State College. It is a job that was never advertised, and no other applications were accepted.
He was hired just hours after being sworn in as speaker.