Scott should pay in lawsuit on violating transparency
Originally published on Aug. 21
The article in the Aug. 8 Bradenton Herald reported seven public records lawsuits were filed against Gov. Rick Scott and several members of his staff. The article in the Aug. 12 Bradenton Herald, taken from the Miami Herald Editorial, revealed the same information and included outrage at the governor for failing to play by the rules. I concur.
This governor has resorted to an arrogant attempt to prevent the public from seeing communications with his staff, secret plans to buy a building, private email accounts for government business, all the while adamantly denying such accounts existed.
Only after all emails were exposed and wrongfully hidden from the public did he suddenly realize he had to settle the lawsuits. He violated the public's constitutional right of access and now we the people of Florida have to pay for his contempt for open government. This is what I call "outrageous."
The most criminal part of this whole violation is he is shamelessly taking "X" amounts of money from different departments of the government including $445,000 from Department of Environmental Protection.
This department is flush because we, the voters, overwhelmingly approved Amendment 1 to protect Florida's natural resources.
Does it matter? If so, write a letter. Express how his blatant disregard and self-serving attitude demands he pay out of his own pocket for his legal fees and settlement.
We Floridians are not his personal bank account and should not have to bear the burden of his misdeeds or those of his misguided cabinet and staff members. They surely don't represent the citizens of Florida. Remember that when you vote.
When someone attempts to "pass the buck" for lack of having a conscience, as in this case, one could say he/they may be a thief/thieves. Therefore, why should they be exempt from punishment?
Democrats had a reason for promoting a bumper sticker during the last election that read, "Scott Free." That's what was wanted and perhaps more than someone knew why.
Mary C. Ward
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