Sansom asked to be removed from committees
State Rep. Ray Sansom of Destin formally asked House Speaker Larry Cretul on Monday that he not be reappointed to any standing committees. The indicted lawmakers extraordinary request further marginalizes his status as a $30,336-a-year citizen legislator and limits his votes on behalf of his Panhandle constituents to floor votes -- most of which are a formality. A copy of Sansom's brief e-mail is here.
It was impossible to determine whether Sansom sent the message to Cretul and his chief of staff, Dudley Goodlette, only after learning that he was being removed from all three committees. (Cretul opted to duplicate the action taken by former Speaker Marco Rubio in 2007 when then-Rep. Bob Allen was charged with a crime).
Cretul's reorganization of the House leadership structure has been in the works for weeks, and it was widely known that the Ocala lawmaker would announce his decisions Monday. Sansom sent his e-mail at 8:14 a.m. Monday. Sansom is chairman of the House Policy Council and a member of the Finance & Tax Council and the Rules & Calendar Council.