Washington Babylon — August 28, 2009, 8:51 am

Florida GOP Politico’s Political Motto: Charge it!

From the St. Petersburg Times:

Ousted House Speaker Ray Sansom racked up about $173,000 on his Republican Party-issued credit card, taking his family on a trip to Europe, making visits to Best Buy and spending thousands on flowers, clothing, meals and hotels.

As a recession tightened on Florida families, Sansom was spending freely, records show, on tuxedo rentals, Chinese food and a steady flow of coffee — $839 at Starbucks alone.

The American Express statements, covering a two-year period, were made public Thursday as part of the criminal case against Sansom, who is accused of official misconduct in securing $6 million in taxpayer money for an airport building that a developer and campaign contributor, Jay Odom, allegedly wanted to use for his private jet business.

Taken together, the credit card charges cast the Destin Republican in a starkly different light from the small town politician who preached fiscal restraint.

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