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FSU presidency appears to be John Thrasher's to lose


For three months, he tried to deflect attention.

State Sen. John Thrasher wants to become Florida State University's next president, but he demurred, steering questions about the job to other topics while acknowledging the buzz his name generated.

The 70-year-old Republican from St. Augustine has no choice now. A popular former FSU president nominated him for the prestigious position and the school's search advisory committee agreed to halt its work and interview him right away.

All before he formally applied.

Given Thrasher's lack of academic credentials, critics say this connected politician is being handed an exclusive, inside track to the presidency.

"I have to sell it to some people; I realize that," Thrasher said in an interview with the Times/Herald. "I don't take it for granted. I don't take it lightly."

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And just because it has been greased for him - hopefully he does just that...

Can't take anymore

When Big John says he needs to "sell it" to some folks it's pretty certain that is exactly what he means. He has greased the skids to grab the FSU job by giving away millions in tax dollars to his pals and supporters and now feels entitled to claim his reward. The worst possible type of person to lead a major state university. He will do the same kind of crony dealing with FSU's funds. It's how he does business. At least TK had some charm and was from an academic background before he pushed his way into the job.

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