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July 26, 2006
by Brian Russell

Leesburg -- There are charges of political retribution tied to a decision made by Lee County Commissioners Tuesday night.

Two weeks after unanimously approving appointments to the Lee County Utility Authority, several commissioners changed their minds. Then they voted to replace Bob Usry on that authority.

Some people claim it's because Usry did not support Commission Chairman Jackie Sizemore, who last week lost his re-election bid. Sizemore says the decision to replace Usry on the board came after a better qualified person offered to serve on the authority.

However, Sizemore couldn't remember when the new appointee stepped forward, and refused to say why he was better qualified than Usry. "I don't have anything against Mr.Usry. That's petty," Sizemore said.

when asked how Mr. Norris was better man for the position, Sizemore said, "Un-huh. I don't know. I mean I'm not going to get in to all that."

when pressed on the question, of why Norris was better  for the position, Sizemore said: "Now I do know, but I know where you're going, and I'm not going there. I mean, I'm not going there."

Jim Norris will replace Usry on the authority.

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