Ex-Speaker Ray Sansom resigns from Florida House
TALLAHASSEE — Ray Sansom resigned from the Florida House of Representatives on Sunday night, a dramatic decision on the eve before his colleagues were to begin an ethics trial over his dealings with a Panhandle college.
“Let me state that this decision should not be received as an admission of any wrongdoing,” Sansom wrote in a letter. “On the contrary, I have steadfastly maintained that I am innocent of any wrongdoing and I will never relent from that position.”
The decision, reached just before 8 p.m., ends a legislative career that once put Sansom at the apex of Florida politics but unraveled in scandal as he took a job at Northwest Florida State College on the same day in November 2008 that he was sworn in as House speaker.Full story here.