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Rick Scott Touts Campaign on State Trip Overseas While Florida Under Storm Watch

With Rick Scott using his taxpayer-funded trip to promote his campaign and traveling abroad while a storm moves north in the Gulf, Florida Democratic Party spokesman Sebastian Kitchen released this statement:

“Rick Scott’s self-serving priorities could not be any clearer as he travels abroad at taxpayer expense touting his campaign while the National Hurricane Center is watching a storm in the Gulf that could affect hundreds of thousands of Floridians. Scott is campaigning full-time despite the storm, scandals, reports of mismanagement and rampant cronyism.”

Rick Scott’s last trip to Israel cost taxpayers $144,000.

This trip comes as there are more reports of Scott “all but shuttering the governor’s office to campaign” and questioning “how well is Florida working” under Scott. Scott also appointed his former travel aide to run emergency management and his former graphics designer as the second highest-paid employee there. Scott has been under scrutiny for his handling of the last hurricane season, when he sent calls pleading for help from nursing homes where 14 people eventually died to voicemail. He later deleted the evidence.

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