Florida Senate Pres. Mike Haridopolos (R) will get a letter of admonition for the state Senate Rules Committee, but will not have to pay a fine for his failure to accurately disclose his finances, according to the Palm Beach Post.
The GOP-dominated panel deliberated for about 10 minutes today before making their unanimous decision. Rules Committee Chair John Thrasher (R) is close with Haridopolos and had already endorsed his campaign for Senate, as had another committee member, Sen. Anitere Flores (R). When asked whether his voting on the matter represented a conflict of interest, Thrasher said, "Hell, no." Flores also said she felt there was no conflict.
Haridopolos had previously submitted a written apology regarding the charges.
The letter is unlikely to be the last Haridopolos hears about the ethics violation. It's an issue likely to come up on the campaign trail: though he's currently the only Republican in the race, he's certain to face a crowded primary. Rep. Connie Mack (R), former state House Maj. Leader Adam Hasner (R) and former Sen. George LeMieux (R) are all considering bids.
And state Democrats are equally unlikely to let the issue die.
"Clearly the Republicans have whitewashed Mike Haridopolos' pleading guilty to breaking Florida law by giving him what doesn't even amount to a slap on the wrist," said Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Eric Jotkoff. "But the fact remains that Mike Haridopolos' questionable ethics and many sweetheart deals will remain an issue as he run for US Senate."
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