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Scarborough rips Sansom

17

December

Joe Scarborough in the Pensacola News Journal: The events of the past week have revealed Barack Obama to be a politician who remained silent while a political ally got entangled in sleazy Chicago scandals. What does Obama's silence say about his character?

That's a question Florida Republicans should be asking themselves today, as their House speaker finds himself in the middle of a growing ethical storm.

Rep. Ray Sansom, R-Destin, has been a friend of mine and a political ally since I first ran for Congress in 1994. But like Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the Ray Sansom that I have read about bears little resemblance to the guy I have known for 15 years.

It is maddening to see what power does to some men. Sansom has been in political hot water from the day he was named speaker of the House. (more here)

NOTE from The Buzz: Scarborough's piece states that "Northwest Florida State College asked for $1 million in appropriations last year." The $1-million is actually what the Florida Community College System asked for after taking into account all the requests from colleges. Sansom then was able to increase that to $25.5-million. That is for a single project a renovated/new student services building at the Niceville campus.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 4:09pm]

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