Sunday, July 5, 2009

Democrats Demand Glorioso's Recusal For Ties To Sansom/Odom Web Of Republican Corruption

From the FDP:

With Rep. Rich Glorioso's ties to the Sansom/Odom web of Republican corruption, the Florida Democratic Party today demanded he step down from the ethics panel that will judge disgraced Speaker Ray Sansom.

"The Republican culture of corruption in Tallahassee knows no bounds. With Rich Glorioso's ties to the Sansom/Odom web of Republican corruption, Glorioso needs to immediately recuse himself or risk the integrity the investigation and further damage the reputation of the Florida House," said Eric Jotkoff, spokesman for the Florida Democratic Party.

As the Palm Beach Post reported today:

"Questions were immediately raised about Cretul's committee, which includes Rep. Rich Glorioso, a Plant City Republican among 35 sitting lawmakers who received campaign contributions from Jay Odom or one of his companies."

And the St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau reported on just how deep Glorioso's ties to the web of corruption are, writing:

"Glorioso said he's pretty sure that Sansom himself brought him the check from Odom's company (at the time, Sansom was running for speaker for the 2008-10 cycle against Rep, Bill Galvano of Bradenton, who will chair the Select Committee. 'I think it was Ray," Glorioso said. "He gave me a handful of checks. I'm sure that's where the check came from. Ray was going around to all of the candidates offering campaign contributions.'"

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