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Florida Secretary of State Browning resigns...again

Secretary of State Kurt Browning
Secretary of State Kurt Browning

Florida’s Secretary of State who’s been vigorously defending the state’s controversial new election law officially resigning Wednesday. As Sascha Cordner reports, this is actually Kurt Browning’s second time leaving the post. He originally left the position when serving under Governor Charlie Crist.

Following a meeting with Governor Rick Scott, Browning confirmed he was stepping down as Florida’s elections chief. Browning was adamant that Scott did not force his resignation and says he told the Governor he wanted to leave to be with his family in Pasco County.

“Had to give a lot of soul searching to what was going on and actually we started talking about my wife and my son’s cancer diagnosis in ’09, when he was 23 and how she left Tallahassee after two years of being up here with me and really he wanted to know how my son was.”

Browning was the former supervisor of elections for Pasco County, before his appointment as the Secretary of State under former Governor Charlie Crist to be Secretary of State. He then retired in April 2010, but returned after he was asked by Governor Scott. Browning says he’s considering a run for Pasco County School Superintendent.  But, before that, he hopes to stay through Florida’s upcoming January 31st presidential primary. His last day is February 17th.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.