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Rick Scott tries to tame the Fla. press corps



Politico: An athletic man like Jeb Bush, Charlie Crist or Rick Scott can make it from the podium to the door in the wood-paneled press conference room in Tallahassee about ten steps. But until last month, they rarely made it that far.

That’s because, by the tradition of one of America’s last big, raucous state capital press corps, a gubernatorial announcement in front of the state seal would immediately be followed by a press gaggle, with the governor pinned somewhere between the podium and the door – shifting from the topic he’d wanted to talk about to what the press corps wanted to ask about.

When Scott, a former health care executive with a crisp demeanor and a familiarity with the Fifth Amendment began his term as governor last month, he and his team made an early priority of restoring some sense of order to a statehouse in which, in their view, the media had run wild. They resolved to limit the press’s access and to instill a new sense of “professionalism” on their flip-flop-wearing, question-shouting, governor-mobbing press corps. The resulting hullabaloo - voiced on Twitter and email chains and mocking newspaper columns and in stalled negotiations between the two sides, has evolved into an undeclared, and often highly entertaining, civil war....


[Last modified: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 5:45pm]


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