Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Florida Sen.-elect Jim Norman faces another ethics complaint

TAMPA — Another area resident has filed an ethics complaint against state Sen.-elect Jim Norman.

The most recent complaint, sent to the Florida Commission on Ethics late last week by Brandon resident Byron Dean, charges that Norman violated state law by not disclosing a complete picture of his finances.

"I don't think we need that kind of politics in power," Dean said.

After losing the District 12 Republican primary election to Norman, state Rep. Kevin Ambler sued to get Norman off the November ballot. Ambler claimed that Norman was not qualified to run because his financial disclosure form did not include a house in Arkansas that Norman's wife, Mearline, bought with $500,000 from influential businessman Ralph Hughes.

A Leon County judge agreed with Ambler and booted Norman off the ballot. But Norman won an appeal and on Nov. 2 became the next senator in District 12, which includes northern Hillsborough and central Pasco counties.

Ambler said questions about Norman's candidacy are now up to Senate leaders, the ethics commission and the FBI, which is investigating Norman's relationship with Hughes.

Dean, who said he is part of an activist group called the Brandon Historical Association, called the granting of Norman's appeal ridiculous, and said he has encouraged other members to file ethics complaints.

"We've got work to do," he said of the group. "This kind of woke us up."

Norman could not be reached for comment Saturday.

Keith Berry, an American history professor at Hillsborough Community College, also said he filed a complaint this month.

George Neimann, a Dover community activist, said previously that he planned to do the same. The state ethics commission does not confirm complaints until an initial investigation is completed.

Florida Sen.-elect Jim Norman faces another ethics complaint 11/13/10 [Last modified: Saturday, November 13, 2010 7:46pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. An attempt to project what Rays will look like in 2018

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — We know what the Rays look like this year: a team that had enough talent but too many flaws, in construction and performance, and in the next few days will be officially eliminated from a wild-card race it had a chance to win but let slip away.

    Adeiny Hechavarria, high-fiving Lucas Duda, seems likely to be brought back.
  2. Trump fallout: Bucs' DeSean Jackson to make 'statement' Sunday


    Bucs receiver DeSean Jackson said Saturday that he will make a "statement" before today's game against the Vikings in response to President Donald Trump's comment that owners should "fire" players who kneel in protest during the national anthem.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) makes a catch during the first half of an NFL game between the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.
  3. Kriseman invites Steph Curry to St. Pete on Twitter


    Mayor Rick Kriseman is no stranger to tweaking President Donald Trump on social media.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman took to Twitter Saturday evening to wade into President Donald Trump's latest social media scuffle
  4. Death toll, humanitarian crisis grow in Puerto Rico


    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A humanitarian crisis grew Saturday in Puerto Rico as towns were left without fresh water, fuel, power or phone service following Hurricane Maria's devastating passage across the island.

    Crew members assess electrical lines in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on Friday in Puerto Rico. Mobile communications systems are being flown in but “it’s going to take a while.”
  5. N. Korea says strike against U.S. mainland is 'inevitable'


    North Korea's foreign minister warned Saturday that a strike against the U.S. mainland is "inevitable" because President Donald Trump mocked leader Kim Jong Un with the belittling nickname "little rocketman."