Speaker Sansom quits post under pressure

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Embattled Florida House Speaker Ray
Sansom is stepping down from his post.

Republican Rep. Larry Cretul of Ocala will replace the Destin
Republican in the "short term." That's according to Republican
Rep. William Snyder of Stuart.

Republican Rep. J.C. Planas of Miami was among those asking
Sansom to leave his job amid an avalanche of controversy over his
dealings with Northwest Florida State College in Niceville.

Forty-six-year-old Sansom is facing investigations by a grand
jury and the state ethics commissioner after taking a
$110,000-a-year job at the college the same day he became speaker.

Sansom spokeswoman Jill Chamberlin told reporters outside the
speaker's office she expects a statement later Friday.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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