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John Romano column: Rick Scott dodges and ducks — and voters don't get answers

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June

Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano's latest column calls out Gov. Rick Scott. An excerpt:

Let's face it, the man's default setting is mute.

His lack of accessibility has become so ingrained, it almost seems routine. And if reporters do actually get close enough to ask him about a specific topic, Scott pretends to have heard some completely different question involving butterflies, rainbows or jobs.

I'll grant you, in some ways this can be an effective strategy. It keeps controversy to a minimum and gaffes under control. If you don't think silence plays better than being clueless, then you might want to talk to the handlers for Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

But just because it is more expedient for a politician to hide behind his PR reps, that doesn't mean it's good for you.

It means Scott can duck real questions about Medicaid expansion. About immigration reform. About back-room business deals. About same-sex marriage. About nuclear energy. About mass transit. About anything that is important to you.

There is a difference between a politician staying on point and a politician running scared. And Scott is so committed to his own sound bites, it gives the appearance of a man who lacks either the acumen or the gumption to take on real questions.

The strong, silent type plays great in Hollywood.

It borders on pathetic in the state Capitol.

 

[Last modified: Thursday, June 19, 2014 7:39am]

    

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