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Holly Benson resigns from AHCA; AG announcement looms?



Holly Benson, who is expected to challenge fellow Republican Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp for attorney general, is stepping down from the Agency for Health Care Administration. She met with Gov. Charlie Crist yesterday, and now we know it was a goodbye meeting.

Here is her letter to Crist: Download Bensonresign

And here is the letter she sent out to her staff, referring cryptically to "opportunities that lie ahead."

Dear Friends:

I love coming to work with you every day. I love walking the halls, hearing your ideas, learning about the great things you’re doing, laughing at your stories. I have watched you put in long hours to keep Floridians safe, to ensure they have access to the care they need, to drive innovation and transparency in our health care system, to keep this Agency running and streamline our operations. . . to work for Better Health Care for all Floridians.

But. . .  I had a meeting with the Governor the other day to talk about some opportunities that lie ahead, and I regret that because of those opportunities I will no longer be able to serve as your Secretary. I have submitted my resignation and will be leaving this truly outstanding team in two weeks.

I hope you know what an honor and a privilege it has been to serve beside you. I am in awe of what you do and will sing your praises wherever my path takes me. Thank you for your friendship, and thank you for all you do for the people of this great state.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:22pm]


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