While Trayvon Martin's killer remains free, Rick Scott goes for a Slurpee

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Today, Governor Rick Scott will join 7-Eleven and Jacksonville officials for a groundbreaking at the Jacksonville Landing announcing the company’s return to the Jacksonville area.

Meanwhile, the killer of Trayvon Martin remains free because no one in State Attorney Norm Wolfinger’s office has the decency, much less the courage, to do what is right and arrest murdering vigilante George Zimmermann.

I understand Rick Scott is the governor for all of the people throughout all of the state, but right now the state is transfixed on the Trayvon Martin incident.

Scott’s worried about the economy and job creation? What do you think the unending coverage of the murder of a teenager carrying nothing more than skittles and iced tea does for the economy and job creation?  You think executives at Fortune 500 companies see these stories and say, “I want to move my headquarters there!”

But that’s beside the point.  This is about the weakness inherent in the kind of leadership offered by the Rick Scott’s of the world.  They are so clearly uninterested in any issue unconnected to Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! that they don’t know what to do when a crisis like this develops.

Being governor has to be more than being the human resources director for the state.

Right now, Rick Scott needs to worry less about 7-11 and more about civil rights being denied.  His administration needs to be ‘All Trayvon, All The Time’ — right now!

He needs to be hammering FDLE for more information. He needs to direct Pam Bondi to open up an investigation into the State Attorney’s office and Sheriff involved with this incident.

He needs to be providing more information. He needs to host more press conferences.


Can you imagine if this happened during Jeb Bush’s or Charlie Crist’s watch? Both of them would have had the good sense to clear their desks of every other issue until a disaster like this was under control.

Rick Scott, on the other hand, is going for a slurpee.

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.