Representative Mark Pafford and other members of the Florida House Democratic Caucus who last week asked Attorney General Pam Bondi and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater to investigate concerns surrounding the removal of citizens at a Governor Rick Scott state budget signing event received a short note today from General Bondi.
In her message, the attorney general said Florida law does not empower her to investigate the concerns that have been raised. A copy of the note is attached.
Representative Pafford previously sent a letter of inquiry to Governor Scott about the budget-signing event. He has not received a response from either the governor or CFO Atwater.
Representative Pafford issued the following statement:
“While I appreciate Attorney General Pam Bondi’s acknowledgment letter, I remain concerned that constitutional rights protecting Florida’s citizens have purposely been ignored by the Governor’s Office.
“Since January 2011, when members of the press were banned from attending inauguration events in the state capitol building, the pattern of privacy has been the norm. I believe Floridians want answers to what transpired in The Villages and accountability.”