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Gov. Rick Scott's budget signing scripted down to who could attend

Each detail of Florida Gov. Rick Scott's first budget signing was painstakingly considered.

From the location ­— a conservative retirement community in Central Florida — to the mini-red "veto" Sharpie pens Scott handed out as keepsakes.

From the music that would announce Scott's arrival to the stage, to, it turns out, who could be there.

At the urging of Scott officials, Sumter County sheriff's deputies escorted a group of more than a dozen Democrats — mainly retirees who live in The Villages — from Thursday's event at the town square.

The reason? The $69 billion state budget signing ceremony was a "private event."

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[Last modified: Thursday, May 26, 2011 7:35pm]


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