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John Romano column: By Gov. Rick Scott's logic, the buck stops with him



Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano writes a column about Gov. Rick Scott's blame game. An excerpt:

Confused when it comes to finger-pointing?

Unsure about who is responsible for assorted mishaps, blunders and failures in the world of politics?

Not to worry.

Gov. Rick Scott has recently provided a blueprint to follow:

When in doubt, blame the guy in charge.

This seems to be his conclusion in all things having to do with Washington, D.C.

Federal government shutdown? It's the president's fault. Flood insurance legislation goes haywire? It's the president's fault. Questions about education reform? Yup, the president is trying to brainwash your kids.

"The buck stops with the president."

Scott said it in a speech last week. He said it in a tweet. He said it again in response to a reporter's question.

So now that Scott has cleared up any confusion about the responsibilities inherent to the executive side of government, it should make it much easier to evaluate his own performance in the governor's mansion.

For instance, that shameful delay of an execution?

Everyone jumped on Attorney General Pam Bondi, who requested the delay because it conflicted with one of her fundraisers.

Turns out, it was Gov. Scott's office that actually approved the delay. You can spin that any way you want. You can say he was merely granting the attorney general's request. You can say he had no idea a political fundraiser was the reason.

Bottom line:

The buck stops with the governor.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 9:05am]


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