Scott is Supremely miffed with FDLE findings; group accuses him of trying to seize ‘absolute power’
TALLAHASSEE — Florida investigators have cleared three state Supreme Court judges of violating any state law when they used court employees to help prepare election documents for their merit retention votes this fall.
And that result apparently doesn’t sit well with Gov. Rick Scott, who sought the Florida Department of Law Enforcement inquiry, and on Thursday released a sardonic response to its findings.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Commissioner Gerald Bailey and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for diligently reviewing the possible violations by Florida Supreme Court Judges,” Scott said.
“According to FDLE findings, it appears using state employees to complete and file campaign forms and other documents is ‘common practice.’ Now this case is before the courts where a determination will be made as to whether this ‘common practice’ is legal. Whatever the ruling, we will accept it and act accordingly.”