Ethics violation approved for Florida's Senate president

3:37 PM, Dec 3, 2010   |    comments
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Tallahassee, Fla. -- Florida's new Senate President Mike Haridopolos is looking for a promotion.  He says he's ready to run for the United States Senate in 2012.

As he revealed that plan in Washington, D.C. on Friday, an ethics complaint against him was finalized back home in Florida.

The Florida Commission on Ethics signed off on a settlement in which Haridopolos admitted he filed incomplete financial disclosure forms between 2004 and 2008.

He failed to include the names of two clients who paid him more than $120,000 over five years for consulting work.

Plus, he did not list a $400,000 investment home in Mount Dora, and he incorrectly reported the value of other property.

Now the matter goes to the Senate Rules Committee, which will determine if Haridopolos should be punished.  He faces a fine, reprimand or no action.

The chairman of the Rules Committee is Sen. John Thrasher, who was appointed to that post by Haridopolos.  Thrasher says he'll review how the Senate has handled such cases in the past and make a recommendation to the committee.

Dave Heller

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