By Dara Kam
With all the chatter about the brevity of Gov. Rick Scott‘s media gaggles, we decided to let the governor speak for himself. We’ll be posting transcripts of Scott’s Q-and-A’s with Capitol reporters. “Rick Scott: In His Own Words” is intended to be a “regular” feature, or at least as regular as Scott’s media avails. We’ll also include the occasional fact-check. You can also listen to the MP3 at the end of the post, watch a video of the gaggle on the NSF home page.
Here’s the inaugural post from yesterday’s post-Cabinet gaggle, which lasted 2 minutes and 22 seconds, not including the 2 minutes and 19 seconds Scott and Elder Care Advocacy of Florida Executive Director Austin Curry spent bashing cuts to the Medicare Advantage program.
Q: Gov. Scott, are you writing a book?
RS: I’m not planning on…I’m writing a book. I’m not not planning on having a book before the election.
Q: (After the election?)
RS: I’m not planning on one before the election.
Q: Governor, Rep. Eagle has introduced legislation that would require drug testing of anyone running for office. You remember the little bit of an incident that happened here with the Daily Show a couple years ago. What’s your thoughts on that?
RS: I didn’t review the bill, but, look I think everybody in our state that’s running for office or in office ought to be held accountable.
Q: Governor, you signed off on a new security plan for the Capitol and I wanted to get your thoughts on that. Basically, the security plan would ensure that what we had happen over the summer would not repeat itself. Could you explain why you signed off on a new security plan for the Capitol?
RS: Well, the security plan was worked on through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Capitol Police, their response over this. They went through the House and the Senate. It was a proposal they made and I signed off on it.
Q: Why? Why did you sign off on it?
RS: It’s a proposal they made and I signed off on it. Their response was for the security of the Capitol.
Q: (Why did you sue BP now?)
RS: It’s the right time to hold BP accountable for environmental harm to our state and so that’s why we joined in the lawsuit.
Q: Do you support the state taking over Lake Okeechobee?
RS: You know, here’s what’s disappointing. The federal government’s responsible for the dike in Lake Okeechobee. They’ve not put the money in it they should have put up. They’ve not fulfilled their part of the bargain where you know they’ve not been a partner with the state. We put up significantly more dollars than they have to make sure the right things happen with the water quality in our state. It’s very disappointing what they’ve done.
Q: The House this morning approved a bill that would do away with zero tolerance of…the Pop-tart bill, the water guns, the bubble sprays. You’ve been an NRA proponent. If that makes it to your desk, what will you do?
RS: I haven’t seen it.
Q: A year or so ago, you had indicated you were supportive of the idea of requiring students who receive scholarships, tax credit scholarships vouchers, to have them take standardized tests identical to the ones that are taken in the public schools. Do you still think that they should take the same standardized tests that kids in public schools take?
RS: I believe in accountability of anybody that’s receiving public dollars. Have a great day.
Listen to a slightly edited version of the gaggle (size matters!) after the jump.
The News Service of Florida