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Bad return address on Christmas cards from Gov. Rick Scott's political committee

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December

ot_363791_ho_scott.jpgIt is definitely not the Governor's Mansion. There are no stately white columns on the modest house 3 miles east of the state Capitol.

But that's the return address on envelopes containing a Christmas card and a $25 historical Christmas ornament sent to several thousand of Gov. Rick Scott's supporters.

The mail is from Let's Get to Work, the political committee raising money for Scott's 2014 campaign, but the name of the committee appears on the envelopes as "Let's Go to Work.''

Scott's committee has raised about $5 million toward 2014. Scott spent more than $70 million to win the job in 2010 but has indicated he will not spend as much of his own money to win re-election.

Steve Andrews, a Tallahassee lawyer embroiled in a bitter lawsuit against the governor, says his wife received one of the packages.

"It's a typical intimidation tactic,'' Andrews told the Tampa Bay Times. He says his wife has not donated to the governor's campaign or his political committee and should not be on his list to receive anything.

Andrews went to the return address listed and discovered young tenants who were steadily tossing out all of the packages postal authorities were returning as undeliverable. Andrews collected a dozen of them and left them with a Times reporter.

John French, the lawyer who manages Scott's political committee, says it was all a mistake made by the printer. The return address should have been his home just down the street, the official address of the committee.

Story by Times senior correspondent Lucy Morgan here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 4:50pm]

    

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