Crist Nixes Ethics Probe in Space Tourism Fiasco

The Orlando Sentinel reports:

Gov. Charlie Crist decided today not to ask the Florida Ethics Commission to rule on whether a former employee within his office broke the law by setting up a $500,000 grant for a Panhandle “space tourist” business and then taking a job overseeing the program. “Gov. Crist has reviewed the Inspector General investigation regarding Mr. Bryce Harris (sic) and in light of his recent resignation from the Andrews Institute we will not be making a referral to the Ethics Commission,” Crist spokesman Sterling Ivey said in a statement.

There was no reason given. Updates as they become available.