Times editorial: Sansom should resign
The St. Pete Times editorial board today opined that Sansom should resign as speaker now that a grand jury is investigating him "...Florida faces incredible challenges. The severe economic recession is creating a state budget shortfall of several billion dollars for 2009-10. State Farm announced on Tuesday it will no longer sell property insurance here, and legislators will have to deal with the fallout. Renewable energy, tax reform and education issues loom large. The House speaker should be in the middle of it all, setting priorities, steering the debate and developing a consensus with the Senate and the governor. Sansom cannot possibly rise to those challenges when he will be so busy defending himself from serious charges.
"...Florida cannot afford to have an incapacitated House speaker consumed with defending himself. It is not fair to Floridians depending on Tallahassee for help, and it is not fair to Sansom's House colleagues looking for guidance. If Sansom cannot see for himself that he cannot be effective and resign from the speakership, his fellow Republicans should help him see the light. Rep. Dean Cannon of Winter Park is in line to be speaker after Sansom, followed by Rep. Will Weatherford of Wesley Chapel. If leadership means anything, they should lead Sansom right out the door of the speaker's office."