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GOP chairman John Thrasher in damage control mode over federal subpoena



Florida GOP leader John Thrasher engaged in damage control Thursday when he hosted a conference call with top Republican Party officials to explain why he didn't promptly inform them of a federal subpoena seeking party financial records.

A number of the executive board members said they were miffed that they first learned about the month-old subpoena in Thursday's editions of the St. Petersburg Times and the Miami Herald. But, Thrasher said, the subpoena wasn't that big a deal, and the party didn't appear to be the target of the probe.

Instead, he suggested, the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office are interested in former House Speaker Ray Sansom, who has been indicted in state court for his handling of the state budget.

"The subpoena came from the United States Attorney in Fort Walton Beach — I'll leave it at that," Thrasher said, alluding to the fact that the Fort Walton prosecutor's office includes Sansom's hometown of Destin. (story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, December 2, 2010 8:49pm]


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