Rick Scott is famous for fleeing questions. When he ran in 2010, he refused to speak to editorial boards, fled reporters questions, and avoided direct contact with voters.
Since then, it's only gotten worse. This time around, Scott said he would run his campaign through social media only. So far he's stuck to that with staged campaign events (some say on the taxpayer's dime) and speeches, leaving the only "interaction" with voters through ridiculous stunts like letting a few ask questions through Facebook. Those events were more like Faceplants.
Scott flees tough questions from reporters, when he's not just changing the subject, or twisting the facts:
Today Scott took it a step further, by pressuring the Council of 100 to disinvite Charlie Crist from making a speech there today. Crist was invited to speak weeks ago, but then the organization abruptly canceled his speech, which was to take place after Scott's:
...sources familiar with the incident say the business group felt nervous about the political ramifications of upsetting the current incumbent at the council's Spring General Membership Meeting in Orlando.
The Republican-leaning group had invited Crist weeks ago to address its spring meeting at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, and offered 30 minutes of speaking time.
On Tuesday, it withdrew the invitation, but Crist showed up anyway and listened to Scott’s talk. He then called a press conference and basked in the free publicity.
“It’s silly, childish and, frankly, rude,” said Crist. “It’s galactically stupid.”
The council gave no explanation for silencing Crist, who as a former governor is a lifetime member of the council. Two council leaders, chief executive Susan Pareigis and chairman Steve Halverson, did not respond to phone and text messages and emails.
Crist said Halverson told him Wednesday, “I owe you an apology. I was involved in that,” and that the reason was “we didn’t want it to be political.”