Gov. Scott's Disappointing Wednesday
Gov. Scott spent much of Wednesday using the word "disappointed." From his Lt. Governor's taping scandal, to his former company moving it's headquarters out of Florida, and taking its jobs with it.
Ironically, Floridians have spent much of the last 10 months using the same word about Rick Scott.
Gov. Rick Scott Wednesday said he was disappointed that a former staffer for Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll was arrested and charged with making an illegal recording of a conversation and leaking it to the Times-Union.
Carletha Cole, who served as a spokeswoman for Carroll, was arrested last week for recording a conversation in September with Carroll chief-of-staff John Konkus without his knowledge and leaking it. She was arrested after an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Here's some quick notes from Gov. Rick Scott's question-and-answer session with reporters and editors today at the annual Associated Press meeting in Tallahassee:
ON SOLANTIC LEAVING: Scott said it was "disappointing."
BRAZIL: Scott said his trade mission to Brazil has resulted in contracts worth $70 million. (He told reporters Tuesday that he didn't know if any of the deals were finalized during the trip.)
COURTS: On more than 10 lawsuits against him and policies he supported. "I thought there were three branches of government."
DRUG TESTS: Whether he would appeal a court-ordered injunction to stop drug testing welfare recipients. "I haven't decided."
CASINOS: Dodged a question about the bill that would allow resort-style casinos in South Florida. "I haven't seen it yet," he said of the bill.
CHARTERS: Declined to say whether he would require any expansion of charter schools to include the same accountability measures as traditional public schools. "Depends on what else is in there," Scott said of potential legislation. "I'm not the Legislature."
HIGHER ED: Scott said he had no specific policy agenda for higher education. "I couldn't tell you what I want to happen right now."