More on Victoria Siplin
Did they know? Did it matter? FAMU officials would not say whether they were aware of Victoria Siplin's role in controversies involving her husband, state Sen. Gary Siplin, before she was hired at the law school (see Saturday's St. Petersburg Times story here). But given the amount of news coverage, it's hard to see how anybody in Orlando who owns a TV or gets a newspaper in the driveway could not know. For stories about Gary Siplin's campaign spending, all of which mention Victoria Siplin, click here, here and here. For stories about Gary Siplin's rent payments to Victoria Siplin, click here, here and here.
The bigger issue: Is there a pattern of questionable hiring at FAMU? If so, how deep does it go, and how far back? And, is there enough evidence yet (given Kiah Edwards, Shirley Cunningham, Bill Proctor, Victoria Dawson … see stories here, here and here), for President Ammons, the FAMU trustees, or the Florida Board of Governors to at least ask a few questions?
-Ron Matus, state education reporter
(Photo credit: City of Ocoee, 2005, shows the Siplins in the center at a road dedication)