Florida Politics by Jim Rosica
July 18, 2019
The same day that CFO Jimmy Patronis‘ top in-house lawyer issued a defense of releasing harassment allegations against suspended financial regulator Ronald Rubin, Rubin himself was sued for violating the state’s public records law.
Kim Grippa filed a complaint in Leon County Circuit Civil court on Wednesday against Rubin “individually,” seeking a court order for the release of records that include text messages and calendars. The complaint does not spell out why Grippa seeks the records.
But Grippa, described as the “politically connected” ex-wife of former Leon County Commissioner and insurance executive Tony Grippa, is at the center of one of several connected narratives involving Rubin, who is on administrative leave.
Rubin, who heads the state’s Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) under Patronis, was suspended after a woman employee complained of sexual harassment, which Rubin has denied. The nub of the complaint had to do with a lunch meeting in which Rubin made offhand sexually related comments. [READ MORE]