Republican Gov. Rick Scott is defending himself against criticism that he was overstating how much the federal health care overhaul would cost his state.
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Tallahassee, FL - Gov. Rick Scott's chief of staff is resigning from his job amid a series of news stories detailing his on the job performance and handling of contracts.
Steve MacNamara announced on Saturday in an email that he would step down from his post July 1.
MacNamara, who is also a professor at Florida State University, was hired last year to help Scott after the governor's first few bumpy months in office. He was credited with helping the governor strengthen his relationship with the GOP-controlled Legislature. MacNamara was previously the chief of staff for Senate President Mike Haridopolos.
The Associated Press recently reported that while working for the Senate MacNamara helped steer a $360,000 no-bid consulting contract to a friend who now leads a task force rooting out state government waste.
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