With former Attorney General George Sheldon now named as the top welfare chief for the state of Illinois, he is being replaced as the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit against Gov. Rick Scott alleging he failed to accurately and publicly disclose his finances.
Former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Jim York has been named as the plaintiff in the case in an amendment filed in Leon County Circuit court today. Scott is asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit and the case is awaiting a June 22 hearing. Download the complaint here.
Sheldon, who was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for attorney general in November, filed the lawsuit in early October requiring Scott to fully and completely disclose his financial interests. He said the lawsuit was prompted by a story in the Miami Herald that reported Scott's disclosure failed to include as much as $200 million in assets controlled by the governor through various accounts shared with his wife and family.
Sheldon said he filed the lawsuit in honor of his mentor, the late Gov. Reubin Askew who spearheaded the adoption of The Sunshine Amendment to the Florida Constitution which requires politicians disclose "financial interests" of more than $1,000.
York, an outspoken critic of Scott on Facebook, also worked for former Gov. Bob Graham, is being represented by Tallahassee lawyer Don Hinkle.
“This case was filed on behalf of all Floridians and is about upholding the Florida Constitution,'' Hinkle said. "We will continue to pursue the case on behalf of the people of Florida.”
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