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Frank Farkas suggests there’s more to Ray Sansom story then meets the eye. And he’d know!

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A letter-to-the-editor from former Represenative Frank Farkas almost slipped by without me noticing, but it’s worth reading:“It took a while, but state House Speaker Ray San­som did the right thing for himself, his constituents and all Floridians by resigning his speaker post. His lack of judgment, or poor judgment, now rises to the level of several investigations. The Times Tallahas­see bureau is to be commended for their investiga­tive reporting. But before you crucify Sansom any further, it would be nice to let the facts speak for themselves and make final judgment after the inves­tigation concludes.

Speaking of facts, I hope Times Tallahassee bureau chief Steve Bousquet, et al., will give readers, as Paul Harvey states, “the rest of the story.” As a former legislator, and a vice chair of an appropriations com­mittee, I can tell you that it is impossible to “sneak” something in the budget, especially $31 million in projects! It must be approved by 1) the speaker of the House, 2) the Senate budget chairman, 3) the Senate president, 4) the majority of the House and the Senate membership and 5) Gov. Charlie Crist. The House and Senate leadership was fully aware of these projects, as well as the governor’s office. Frank Farkas, St. Petersburg.”

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