There’s a saying “don’t taunt the alligator until after you’ve crossed the creek.” Well if the ‘creek’ is the 2014 gubernatorial election and the ‘alligator’ is Florida voters… well, Rick Scott is doing a piss-poor job of pacifying.
With the announcement of the $25,000-a-head (or shall we say -a-skin) private alligator hunt scheduled for October 18, Scott’s going to be up to his neck in alligators, just not the kind he’s out looking for.
Back in May, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission began accepting applications for alligator hunting permits for a season that spans August 15 through November 1. The FWC will issue about 5,000 permits under which you may take two gators.
So it isn’t a legal issue that Scott is bumping up against. It’s just a pit-of-the stomach kind of thing. Unlike in Louisiana, where Rep. Jeff Landry and Sen. David Vitter had each thrown similar affairs, Florida doesn’t have a massive alligator overpopulation problem. Unlike either of them, Scott isn’t doing a public service with his proposed slaughter. And he is facing a lot more than a fierce set of teeth in 2014.
Killing a gator on its own isn’t offensive. But paying $25K to do so seems downright perverted.
See ya later, alligator. Hope you’ve got thick skin.