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The Sansom Question

In a recent television ad, Gov. Charlie Crist (R., Fla.) linked Marco Rubio, his opponent in Florida’s GOP Senate primary, to Ray Sansom, the indicted former state House speaker:

“Both steered millions of taxpayer money into two colleges,” a female narrator says, followed by a male voice that adds, “Then, received cushy jobs from the colleges.”

Rubio’s campaign called the ad sad and false.

The commercial dramatically shows the word “indicted” under Sansom’s picture and the word “subpoenaed” under Rubio’s — a reference to the fact that Rubio could have been called as a witness had a House inquiry of Sansom not been short-circuited by Sansom’s resignation from the state Legislature in late February.

Now, according to the Miami Herald, it’s Crist who may have to answer some Sansom questions:

Gov. Charlie Crist may be called as a witness in the grand theft and perjury trial of former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom.

The planners of the airport project that ended former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom’s political career in scandal deliberately concealed the location of the building, according to newly surfaced documents.

E-mails suggest a coordinated effort to slide the $6 million project through the state budget process and avoid a veto by Gov. Charlie Crist. State prosecutor Willie Meggs is so convinced of a deception that he will call the governor as a witness if Sansom’s case goes to trial later this year.

“If it helps get to justice, I’m happy to help,” Crist said last week. The governor has said he was unaware that a private developer and friend of Sansom’s wanted to use the building.

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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