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Corcoran tells C-SPAN audience Latvala 'heading toward expulsion'

House speaker says ‘there’s clearly probable cause’ to punish senator<br>
Published Dec. 6, 2017
Updated Dec. 6, 2017

The big black C-SPAN tour bus rolled through Tallahassee Wednesday as part of the cable channel’s “50 Capitals Tour.” The only political figure who got air time was House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes.

Seated in a small studio at the back of the bus, Corcoran was asked about the Senate investigation of sexual harassment allegations against Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater.

“I think there’s clearly probable cause, and honestly, it looks at this point that they’re heading toward expulsion,” Corcoran predicted to a national audience.

The full interview can be seen here.

Corcoran, who called on Latvala to resign when the allegations first surfaced on Nov. 3, said Latvala would be “one of the first in decades” to be expelled.

Senate President Joe Negron’s office has said that a check of the archives showed that no member has ever been expelled from the Senate.

The last House member was expelled in 1961. Expulsion would require a two-thirds vote of the Senate membership, or 26 of the current 39 members.

Corcoran drew a contrast between how prominent figures at private companies accused of harassment, such as Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer, were quickly fired and stripped of their titles, but politicians remain in office.

“We have elected officials that you would think would be held to a higher standard,” Corcoran said. “There’s an entitlement mentality.”

The live 11-minute interview touched on post-Irma hurricane recovery, the extension of the Suncoast Parkway to the Georgia line and Corcoran’s support for term limits for members of Congress.

Asked when his own term will end, Corcoran said: “I’m down to one year. Then I go back to being a citizen.”