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Ausley kicks off CFO bid by bashing 'Taj Mahal'

Loranne Ausley, the Democrat in the so-far-sleepy race for CFO, today unofficially kicked off her campaign by decrying the new $48 million courthouse for the First DCA. (This isn't bizarro world. It's a Democrat criticizing Republicans for wasteful spending. Wasteful spending on government offices.)

"This is the type of thing people are fed up with, and so am I," she said, calling the building a "routine abuse of the system." Besides the regular duties such as overseeing the SBA, heading up insurance fraud and monitoring the state's bank account, Ausley essentially said she will be an elected thorn in the side of the Legislature.

A former lawmaker herself, Ausley promised to push for more openness in the budget process, require state vendors to post their political contributions and make legislators "own their pork barrel spending." If Ausley were CFO at the time, she likely couldn't have stopped the legislatively approved courthouse, but the post would have given her a more prominent platform to criticize it.

Ausley made her remarks shortly after the woman she is seeking to replace, Alex Sink: "It's disgusting. You have a politician who became a judge and worked with his cronies in the legislature to spend our taxpayer money in a time of great distress for our court system."