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Gov. Rick Scott does a Facebook Q&A, speaks only in campaign soundbites

April 18, 2014

Yesterday, Gov. Rick Scott announced that he’d be partaking in a Very Special Facebook Q&A with his constituents – starting at 6 p.m. on April 17, his campaign announced, he’d be taking questions live via Facebook from some empty-looking room in Jacksonville.

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I don’t always take questions on the Internet. But when I do, I talk in soundbites and make sure to give you as little information as possible.

Well, 6 p.m. rolled around and so did the questions. The first one was pretty predictable – a dig at Obamacare – and Scott quickly responded with less of an answer and more of a chance to throw presumed Democratic gubernatorial opponent Charlie Crist under the bus.

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In fact, pretty much everything he responded to was either a political soundbite or a stab at his political opponents and their positions. But Scott’s inquiring audience, it seems, wasn’t very satisfied with his dodging and pandering. After a little while, people started challenging Scott on harder issues, like transportation funding, tuition hikes, VA hospitals and common-core education standards in education – lots of questions about common core. When things started to get a little heated in the comments, a few cheerleaders piped up to tell the governor what a super-duper job he’s been doing for the state, or to throw him a softball question seemingly designed to let him get to his talking points:

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But even the rah-rahing of a few Rick Scott enthusiasts couldn’t keep the critics at bay. A chorus of frustrated citizens chimed in with off-the-script questions that required more than one-liners and zingers about Democrats, the federal government or Charlie Crist:

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And they were met with … silence. After answering less than 20 questions (and some of them weren’t even questions – just pats on the back from supporters) Scott simply stopped responding. He didn’t sign off, he didn’t address any of the repeated challenges about common core or Medicaid expansion or funding for higher education or the environment. He just quietly disappeared. Then, about an hour after the Q&A began, a new message popped up on his Facebook wall, thanking people for playing along.  Note the first comment posted in response.

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He even promises to do it again sometime. Why not? It’s not like he has to answer the hard questions or anything.

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  • garystartswithg

    Dear Floriduh, please keep your idiot governor, he makes ours look good, which isn’t easy. I love the ranting seniors against common core, because they don’t even know what it is, they just have something else to be bitter about. Go angry ranting loony oldsters!

  • Just sayin’…

    Rick Scott is such a loser.

  • rick

    Rick Scott. Unless you can stop youre ongoing support of big corporations and come to your senses on medical marijuana, you will lose.

  • Suzanne Rich Lopez

    Gov. Scott “Why is my Homeowners Insurance so HIGH!

  • blonk

    Like most republic-cons, he filters out the embarrassing and inconvenient questions and only does sound bites, Sort of the same idea with fat boy Christie investigated himself and cleared himself… same old republic-con BS…. diferent day. Yawn…

  • Margie Hawkins

    dump scott. he is a liar and all his bull about his childhood and family is suppose to help people get good paying jobs, educate their children, get medical care and provide for their family. you are a rich con artist and have no more concern for these issues or the people of the state of florida. We need to dump your sorry a$$ out of office for good.

  • James Oss

    Anybody else besides me think he’s creepy?

  • Richard Piamai

    Scott is not worth commenting on. He is a fraud. He never produced 750000 jobs like he promised. He allows murderers to go free, of course depending on their race. Corruption has increased when Scott was elected. Can you really live with that?? And do not believe some comments they are probably paid by the republican party.

  • Richard Piamai

    If he is preaching he is a fairy tale story teller. Never believe what he is saying. Florida is better off with out him. In fact he should be band from politics and government completely.

  • Charles Almon

    The SCOTUS refused to hear Rick’s case.
    Guess he and the little woman gonna have to sell all their drug testing labs.
    Why in the world was such a crook and liar elected to begin with.
    Are people so swayed by advertising?

  • malto

    Why did he become Governor..maybe a chance to make more money screwing Fl. voters ?

  • manderzwicky

    I predicted this this “Q & A with the governor” would be a sham! He can barely respond to the few questions he deigns to answer during his extremely rare news conferences. When he does, he uses the same kind of pat, scripted “answer” he used (sparingly!) here. I’ll bet he wasn’t even doing the responding at all, probably one of his flunkies. He’s a terrible governor, and has to go!

  • Craig

    Q and A…. yeah right. He might as well just said free publicity for me. This is all it is about. Free airtime. This shouldn’t of even been covered as news because this is just some of the same old government jargon. This guy is a disease to the political process and should be cut out immediately.