Today Rick Scott held a ceremonial bill signing for a land swap that will pave the way for construction of a ballpark for baseball spring training teams.
Scott routinely holds these kinds of ceremonies to generate publicity for himself, and this was no exception. Scott Tweeted the following photo today of his ceremonial signing of HB 1213:
Note that he says "I'm proud to sign HB 1213 today."
Anyone seeing that would assume he actually signed the bill today, since he said so in the Tweet.
But he didn't. He signed the bill into law on June 10, as noted on the governor's own website:
Governor Rick Scott Signs 55 Bills into Law...
...HB 1213 West Palm Beach Water Catchment Area, Palm Beach County – This bill removes land from the West Palm Beach Water Catchment Area.
Sure, this may not seem like a big deal, and some may say it's nitpicking. But is it really too much to ask that the governor stop misleading the public for his own publicity? Because it seems that even on a small detail like this, Scott just can't help but stretch the truth.
More to the point, how much did the taxpayers fork over for this ceremonial bill signing? After all, a self-proclaimed "fiscal conservative" like Rick Scott should hardly be spending Floridians' hard earned taxes on pomp and circumstance for something he signed into law in his office weeks ago, and in private, no less.
Did taxpayers pay for this "celebration?" If so, is that why he claimed he signed the bill into law today, to justify the expense?
Floridians have a right to ask these questions, and to get answers. Because this kind of publicity could certainly be considered a boost for his political future if it's true that he plans to run for the U.S. Senate in a few years. After all, this is the same man who has spent nearly $300,000 on political consultants since April of this year.
At the most, taxpayers deserve to know the answers to this and so many other questions from a man who operates largely in the dark, and at the very least, they deserve honesty.