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Governor to J.D.: I'm rubber, you're glue ... basically



Gov. Rick Scott's interim general counsel responded to state Sen. J.D. Alexander today over Alexander's questions about the legality of the state plane sale.

The crux of a letter from Rick Figlio (Charlie Crist's former counsel) -- I'm a lawyer, you're not.

"The governor relied on my advice that DMS had the legal authority to dispose of the aircraft," Figlio wrote.

"I would like to renew a request that I made to your counsel, prior to the Governor’s receipt of your most recent letter, that he help me locate any specific statutory provisions limiting an agency’s authority to dispose of surplus property in this manner. If any such restrictions exist, I would appreciate your counsel directing me to them as they will assist this office in advising the Governor regarding the scope of his powers as they relate to future transaction."

Alexander has accused Scott of potentially violating Florida Statutes 273.055(5), 216.195 and 216.181. Another state statute specifically creates an executive aircraft pool.

Your move, Mr. Budget Chairman.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 24, 2011 4:57pm]


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