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Despite his term ending in January, Bradley named PSC interim chairman

Published December 5, 2005

Last Tuesday, just hours before that the Florida Public Service Commission approved what critics deemed to be a toothless code of ethics, the five members of the commission voted to appoint an interim chairman to replace Braulio Baez, who decided to resign his post a month before his term expired Jan. 3.

Their choice for interim chairman? Commissioner Rudy Bradley, the former state representative from St. Petersburg who faces two pending ethics complaints related to alleged improper contact or fraternizing with utility companies. Bradley's term on the PSC also expires Jan. 3, when commissioner Lisa Polak Edgar will begin a two-year term as chairman.

Meanwhile, Baez, who also faces an ethics complaint, had parting words for the PSC's critics during Tuesday's commission hearing.

"This agency, whether by circumstances beyond its control, has come under a lot of fire, continues to come under a lot of fire," he said. "To those critics ... I say grab a helmet and try sitting up here because until you do, you don't know what you're talking about."

[Last modified December 5, 2005, 03:00:29]

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