Run, Scott, Run...Away
Last week Rick Scott reportedly pressured the Council of 100 to withdraw an invitation to opponent Charlie Crist to speak at their Spring meeting in Orlando. The group claimed it was because they didn't want it to be a "political" event. Of course, Rick Scott then did his best to make it political by bashing Crist and promoting himself during his speech there.
This week, Scott is running scared again by refusing to attend a candidate forum at the convention of the Florida Press Association and Florida Society of News Editors where he and Crist were both invited to speak:
The groups invited Scott and Crist to speak separately in back-to-back appearances at The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables on July 10. A letter to Crist called it a “forum,” and said “also invited for this session is Gov. Rick Scott.”
Crist said yes. Scott said no.
Scott's refusal to be accessible to the press is nothing new, and chances are the press wouldn't succumb to pressure and refuse to let Crist speak this time, so it appears Scott is once again afraid to stand up to defend all his rhetoric in the face of the opposition who would call him on it. Besides, Scott said early on that he would be bypassing the press during his reelection, and would address the voters only through social media.
Of course, there may be another reason Scott doesn't want to face the press at the forum:
The Florida Press Association and Florida Society of News Editors oppose Scott in a lawsuit before the Florida Supreme Court filed by a former top aide to the late Democratic Gov. Reubin Askew. The lawsuit challenges Scott’s use of a law that allows elected officials to place assets in blind trusts as a violation of a constitutional requirement that officials must make a “full and public disclosure” of their assets.
Not only is his running scared from Crist for the second time in a week "galactically stupid" as Crist referred to it last week, but his excuse for doing so this time is galactically moronic: