In debate, Rick Scott basically admits knowing Pam Bondi rescheduled execution for fundraiser

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Florida’s leading gubernatorial candidates — Republican incumbent Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist— faced off in their final debate Tuesday night.

The two clashed over nearly everything: the economy, the state’s minimum wage, Cuba and medical marijuana.

But for Joshua Karp of the Florida Democratic Party, the most jarring moment in Jacksonville was what he calls “a classic gaffe – telling the truth, for once.”

Scott had openly admitted that Attorney General Pam Bondi requested permission last year to reschedule a death row execution, scheduled for the same night as a Tampa “campaign kickoff” fundraiser.

Bondi later apologized for making the request and, at the time, Scott told reporters he was unaware of the reason for the delay.

At the debate, however, Crist continued to press the issue with Scott, asking him several times if he knew Bondi’s request was for a fundraiser.

Scott then responded, “She apologized, Charlie. What would you like her to do?”

“He doesn’t answer questions,” Crist shot back. “Pleads the Fifth.”

The entire exchange is now available on YouTube.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.