Rick Scott says he is being lobbied by Florida Congressmen about redistricting; shouldn’t they have to register?

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I’m sure I am making a bigger deal of this than I should, but…

Gov. Rick Scott acknowledged Tuesday that he’s been lobbied by Florida members of Congress on the redistricting plan expected to be sent his way soon, reports John Kennedy.

But the Republican governor didn’t want to mention any names.

“Oh, I don’t think anybody wants me to talk about any of those conversations,” Scott said, when asked if U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, was among those contacting him.

I wouldn’t say no one wants Scott to talk to him about any of those conversations.  If elected officials are lobbying the governor, as Scott is readily admitting, don’t they need to register as executive branch lobbyists?

Of course, they don’t have to officially register.  This is Florida, after all. But the citizens of Florida have a right to know about their representatives in Congress lobbying their governor.

Gov. Scott should disclose which Congressmen/women with whom he as met.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.