Fla. Dems: Tony Bennett resignation should serve as “wake-up call” to Rick Scott

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Saying he didn’t want to be a distraction, Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett announced his resignation Thursday amid a controversy stemming from his former job heading the Indiana education system. Bennett made the announcement during a news conference at the Department of Education and said Gov. Rick Scott had accepted the resignation. 

In response to this shake-up, the Florida Democractic Party is saying Bennett’s resignation should serve as a wake-up call to the Scott administration.

“I wholeheartedly welcome the resignation of Tony Bennett,” said Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant. “I hope this serves as another wake-up call to Governor Scott, who has again and again showed his inability to hire qualified individuals for top positions within his administration. First Jennifer Carroll, then David Wilkins, and now Tony Bennett — Rick Scott’s department of bad hires continues to grow under the governor’s failed leadership.”

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