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Other House speakers brought home bacon, but Sansom brought trouble



Steve Bousquet's Saturday column: Look around, and you find elaborate monuments to former House speakers, all courtesy of Florida taxpayers.

It's a story as old as the Legislature itself. Power provides the elbow grease to bring big bucks home.

Vital medical research takes place at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, named after the House speaker who created it. The arena in Tallahassee where the Florida State Seminoles play basketball is called the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, after the House speaker who created it.

No monument, however, will ever honor Ray Sansom, the former House speaker from Destin scheduled to stand trial by his colleagues next week for alleged ethics violations. (full column here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:20pm]


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