The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 8, 1968 · Page 18
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 18

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Friday, November 8, 1968
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&-Palm Beach Post, Friday, Nov. 8, 1968 Florida Development Agency Director Resigns, Blasts Kirk's Administration ACME G.E. DOES IT AGAIN! id But- A I who's I Nancy I Cotton? airqonditioner SEE By REX NEWMAN Tallahassee Bureau TALLAHASSEE (AFN) The director of the controversial Florida Development Commission resigned Thursday and leveled a blast at Gov. Claude Kirk's administration. "It's too bad when coercion Is used to dump someone who is interested in good government," James Wilson said. Wilson revealed he was particularly bitter at two Kirk aides, Tom Ferguson and Dick Warner. It also was learned Milton Weir, Fort Lauderdale banker who now is chairman of the commission, had submitted his resignation some time ago, but Kirk had talked him out of it. Weir is reported to be displeased ith some of the uses of development commission money by Kirk's staff. Wilson, a Tampa banker before joining Kirk's office staff at inauguration, originally j quite p V a dishl Slide-out Chassis Thermostat 2 Speed Fan Air Directors Aluminum Grill Rotary Compressor the development commission Involved "I haven't gone along with too many things which I thought were wrong." He added: "It's nothing which was necessarily Illegal," he said, "but things which I thought were Improper. Just because the last three administrations have done It doesn't make it right." He referred to directives from Ferguson or Warner to pay bills which Wilson felt were not properly the responsibility of the commission. One Involved a batch of telegrams from the Governor's office when Kirk was running for second place on the National Republican ticket. Wilson said he questioned, but did not refuse to pay, expenses paid Al Satterwhite, the governor's photographer who was carried on the development commission payroll. Satterwhite took hundreds of pictures of Kirk and prominent Republicans whom Kirk visited as he toured the country. These pictures were then printed and sent to the individual. The development commission was asked to pay these expenses. One of Kirk's aides also took down the names of those Kirk met and personal letters were written and mailed to them, Wilson said. Kirk's staff was not large enough to accommodate this flow of paperwork and it was farmed out to agencies of the Little Cabinet, including the development commission, Wilson added. Wilson said many items he had "sandbagged, were sent back to Ferguson or referred to the governor's club for payment." He said he has been the object of a "freezeout" campaign by Ferguson and Warner, including such things as not being invited to meetings of the directors of the Little Cabinet, meetings held regularly by the governor. The Florida Development Commission is part of the Little Cabinet. submitted his resignation effective Nov. 1. But Klrkites persuaded him It was not a propltuous time politically because of the elections. "I'm tired of being a pawn," Wilson said, adding "Ferguson and Warner have frozen me out." "It's very obvious that the play was for them (Ferguson and Warner) to get rid of me, and for Warner to get the Job. Warner lobbied for the job right here In my office but the commissioners didn't buy It," he said. He said there wasn't any difference with the governor that couldn't be resolved, but admitted "he (the governor) must be aware of some of the things which are going on." "Maybe he's being misled by the young men on his staff, but the governor should be loyal to me," Wilson said bitterly, "I worked hard for him and was one of the first to work in his campaign, probably before some of these young boys even knew who he was." Wilson quit his job to head up Kirk's Tampa office, "at $100 a week." "I believed in the man," Wilson said. 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