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CFO Jimmy Patronis wants to fire banking regulator at next Cabinet meeting

The next Cabinet meeting is scheduled for July 25.
Public Service Commissioner, Jimmy Patronis questions a petitioner during a meeting, Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Tallahassee, Fla. (Tampa Bay Times Photo/Steve Cannon)
Published Jul. 11
Updated Jul. 12

Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis said he wants to remove the state banking regulator accused of sexual harassment at the next Cabinet meeting.

In a letter to staffers for the other two Cabinet members and the governor, Patronis’ chief of cabinet affairs wrote that he wants to move to remove Rubin and appoint an interim in his place.

“Mr. Rubin and his associates have publicly disparaged victims, and CFO Patronis is concerned of potential retaliation against victims and possibly other OFR employees,” wrote Robert Tornillo, Patronis’ chief of cabinet affairs.

The next Cabinet meeting is scheduled for July 25.

Rubin has been suspended with pay since May, when Patronis released a sexual harassment complaint from an employee who said her interactions with Rubin forced her to hide from the commissioner.

Rubin has not denied the interactions, but said they were a misunderstanding. He’s filed a lawsuit claiming “pay-for-play” in Patronis’ office, and that Patronis is playing up the complaint to force him to resign after he refused to hire the friend of a lobbyist.

Both Rubin and a lawyer for the woman who filed the complaint have asked for investigations into why Patronis released the complaint, which was marked “confidential and exempt.”

In the wake of Patronis’ announcement, Attorney General Ashley Moody asked for an emergency Cabinet meeting to address the situation.

But Patronis has not support that idea.

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