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Sansom used Rubio to justify money grab



Why did Ray Sansom go after a $6 million airport building that would ruin his political career?

Marco Rubio. Or so Sansom says.

The detail is one of many that could have come out had Sansom not resigned from the House on Sunday, hours before the House was to put him on trial for allegedly violating House ethics rules.

As his legal problems mounted last year, Sansom told House communications director Jill Chamberlin that while he served as the House budget writer, then-House Speaker Rubio called him and said the Senate had more school construction money in its budget.

Rubio, Sansom said, told him to "even it out."

"This is simply not true," said Rubio campaign spokesman Alex Burgos. (full story here)

Among other disclosures:

  • Sansom donated $6,000 from his political campaign account to Northwest Florida State College two months before he was given a $110,000 part-time job there in November 2008. Sansom had contributed to the school before but in far less amounts.
  • Witnesses suggested that Bob Richburg would have become chancellor of a new state college system he and Sansom helped create through legislation in 2008. Richburg was to leave Northwest Florida State College and Sansom would take over as president, according to witnesses.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:23pm]


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