After two weeks of radio silence, Rick Scott blasts D.C. for “heads in the sand”

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After staying silent on the federal government shutdown for two weeks, Gov. Rick Scott blasted D.C. lawmakers with a statement Thursday saying that many in Congress have their “heads in the sand.”

Although the two-paragraph announcement did not single out Democrats, Aaron Deslatte reports in the Orlando Sentinel, the governor did seem to convey Tea Party sentiments. Scott expressed dissatisfaction with the final agreement on the budget that reopened federal agencies, national parks and monuments—at the same time raising the debt limit.

“Washington’s failure to reach a long-term agreement on the debt ceiling confirms our nation’s leaders have their heads in the sand about our economic future,” Scott’s statement read. “America’s unchecked debt, along with the increase in inflation that follows, will only put us deeper in the hole we have been trying to climb out of since the national economic downturn.”

Scott avoided questions on the Congressional stalemate for two weeks, Deslatte writes. The statement directly drew a response from the Florida Democratic Party:

“For this governor to so consistently tie himself to the most extreme Tea Party elements in the Republican Party shows just how out of touch he is with Florida voters — and why poll after poll shows Floridians fundamentally don’t trust this governor,” said Democrat spokesperson Joshua Karp. 

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