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Rick Scott is ‘infuriated’ by Florida tie to terrorist group

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Gov. Rick Scott released a brief statement Friday saying news of a terrorist group sympathizer being from Florida was “infuriating.”

Scott’s office said Joshua Ryne Goldberg of Orange Park was charged with “attempting to plant a bomb at a September 11th memorial ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri, this weekend.”

According to Fox News and CBS, Goldberg presented himself as supporting the Islamic State, the radical Islamist militant group also known as ISIS.

Here’s Scott’s statement:

The report of a possible ISIS sympathizer planning a terrorist attack from Florida is infuriating.

As we remember the horror of the terrorist attacks on our country on September 11, 2001, the United States must commit every resource to fully eradicating the threat of ISIS.

ISIS is evil and intolerant of anyone who does not hold their radical point of view.

By committing acts of terror and threatening the lives of Americans, ISIS believes they can scare and intimidate our nation. They are wrong.

I want to thank our state and federal law enforcement officers for their hard work to arrest this alleged terror suspect and for all they do to keep our families safe.

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at

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