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Gov. Rick Scott evades question about killing Citizens Insurance



Asked to explain his secret push to kill Citizens Property Insurance within four years, Gov. Rick Scott today balked.

"I put out a plan in the campaign, which is my plan with regard to Citizens," Scott said. "It's moving it back to making it the insurer of last resort."

Scott ended the media gaggle when a reporter clarified that the question was not about his campaign plan, but about internal discussions in his office. "Ok, see you guys," Scott said.

Brian Burgess, Scott's spokesman, later disputed the Sarasota Herald-Tribune report that the current Citizens bill started out as a plan from the governor's office to completely phase out Citizens. Burgess said Scott never supported that plan.

"What matters at the end of the day is the governor's position," Brian Burgess said. "The governor has not changed his position that Citizens should be the insurer of last resort."

[Last modified: Monday, April 25, 2011 4:46pm]


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