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McCollum trusts Milligan

Sandi Copes, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Bill McCollum, said this afternoon that there was no reason for McCollum to urge Bob Milligan to hire outside counsel to analyze what's going on with the State Board of Administration because he has the power to do that already.

"He has the discretion to hire outside counsel at the appropriate time,'' said Copes. "The Attorney General trusts Milligan to decide if he needs to do that.''

Both Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink and Gov. Charlie Crist - who named Milligan as interim director of the SBA earlier this month - sent out a one-sentence statement urging Milligan to get outside help in reviewing what happened with the near collapse of the Local Government Investment Pool, which led to the resignation of executive director Coleman Stipanovich.