Some reporters will never learn — Gov. Rick Scott will never answer a question when he doesn’t want to.
Not for lack of trying, though.
Between revelations of state subsidies for the completely-private-no-way-is-it-public All About Florida and the possibly illegal “oops, we forgot to say it was a campaign event” use of on-duty law enforcement, reporters have plenty of unanswered questions.
And apparently they will stay unanswered, thank you very much.
Monday morning, members of the news media tried once again to quiz Scott about the various inconsistencies in using on-duty law enforcement in what was clearly campaign events on June 16 and July 7. At an event at the Armed Forces Museum in Largo, reporters asked (four times) if the governor really believes the deputies were off duty, if he also thought it was okay to have officers at the event and whether the whole matter represents a problem for the campaign.
Another person off camera went as far as telling Scott he “didn’t answer the question.”
Nice try, people.
For all their noble efforts, what they received in return was Scott’s “ol’ soft shoe,” with the governor repeating how “very proud” he was of his endorsement of the Florida Police Chiefs Association, adding a bit about Florida’s “43-year low in the crime rate.”
Anybody who covers Scott — or any politician, for that matter — should know by now, when they are met with the trademark blank stare and frozen smile, you know you are not going to get an answer.
Of course, progressives at American Bridge 21st Century are shocked (shocked!) that Scott would not answer a reporter’s questions directly.
In addition, they were more than happy to use the exchange as part of the latest attack video, once again emphasizing that Scott is “refusing to take responsibility for what happens under his watch.”
“He can’t even answer 4 simple questions,” they say. “How can we trust him with 4 more years?”
Honestly, what did they expect?
The American Bridge video is also on YouTube.