Conservative political consultant files ethics complaint against Kevin White
A day after his colleagues voted to sue him to recover money spent defending him from a sexual discrimination lawsuit, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin White is now facing an ethics complaint. Chris Ingram, a 38-year-old political consultant from Tampa, sent paperwork to the Florida Commission on Ethics on today alleging that White violated state law by voting Thursday against the motion to recover legal expenses. White was the lone dissenting vote, which authorized County Attorney Renee Lee to spend up to $25,000 to hire an outside law firm to seek reimbursement from White. Taxpayers thus far have picked up $425,000 in legal expenses stemming from the trial.
White is seeking re-election to his District 3 commission seat. He'll face newcomer Valerie Goddard and former state Sen. Les Miller in the 2010 Democratic primary.