Eluding Editorial Boards, Dodging Debates

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Tallahassee, FL - Since Rick Scott burst onto Florida’s political scene, his strategy has been clear, spend millions of his own dollars telling voters what to think about him. Journalists have had little access to the Republican nominee for governor. A political ad from the Republican primary shows him dodging reporters.

Thursday a debate sponsored by the League of Women voters had to be cancelled because Scott wouldn’t show up.

“Neither PBS nor the League can have open chair debates where one of the candidates doesn’t show up so we had no choice but to cancel,” said Marilynn Wills a league spokeswoman.

And he’s also snubbing the centuries old tradition of meeting with newspaper editorial boards. An offer to sit with the editors of the Tallahassee Democrat and other Florida newspapers still stands, instead Scott is buying up TV time across the state to control his message.

Scott has spent more than 50 million of his own money buying TV. Democrat National Committeeman Jon Ausman says Scott’s strategy keeps voters in the dark.

“It’s a very common strategy for Republican to avoid talking to the press because they don’t want their ideas fully explored because once you do that you start to see the illogic behind them,” said Ausman.

We called Scott’s campaign for a comment on this story, were told to email our questions. Scott’s campaign responded by highlighting his participation in a Univision debate last week and pointing to the more than a hundred reporters who have asked him question over the last four months on the campaign trail as proof he’s not avoiding the media.

Scott’s campaign adds this statement:

“The governor’s race attracts a lot of attention across the state. To date, the campaign has received far more invitations to participate in events, debates and forums than we could possibly ever attend.”

Bettina Inclan,
Press Office
Rick Scott for Governor

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  • by independent Location: tally on Oct 18, 2010 at 08:02 AM
    ED...I would wager that you're not capable of proving Limbaugh or Beck wrong...Got a statue of Olbermann in your closet?
  • by j Location: ta on Oct 17, 2010 at 04:50 AM
    YEAH mom says her boy is nice. maybe this time with yours and my money she will get a nice house. BOTH of the james boys momma said the same about thier boys.one was a robber the other a two timer. now lets get to work he got to buy her something else with our money.
  • by Tea drinker Location: wakulla on Oct 16, 2010 at 04:16 PM
    Rick Scott is a business man who will run government like a business. That's why he's invested over $38 Million of his own money to get the job that pays $132,932 per year. Smart Floridans don't need the media to ask someone as smart and rich as Scott any questions. Who ever gets to ask the boss to explain anything? We should trust what his Mom says, after all he gave her a job in his donut shop. Isn't that enough? - Now, get to work, we have to pay our taxes so Rick can get a profit on his investment.
  • by ETurnage Location: Tallahassee on Oct 16, 2010 at 04:10 PM
    When the majority of media sources tend to be left of center it is a sign of intelligence for a moderate or conservative to avoid them. Just to validate my post, feel free to read our local paper ( or whats left of it ). It has and continues to be a liberal and altogether biased piece of work.
  • by Bob Location: Jasper on Oct 16, 2010 at 06:46 AM
    Eludes editorial boards, dodges debates. Sounds like a very astute person to me. Guess I'll vote for him. Beats having another socialist in.
  • by dog Location: gone on Oct 16, 2010 at 06:44 AM
    Debates are a waste of time and so are congressional hearings , nothing but political theater, Get out side the weather is nice , get some exercise, Get a JOB.
  • by Ed Location: Tallahassee on Oct 16, 2010 at 06:15 AM
    No need for debates when Limbaugh and Beck tell your followers what, when, and how to think!!
  • by Youaregettingsleepy Location: Florida on Oct 16, 2010 at 04:27 AM
    Barack Omama has the right answers and the right solutions to fix Florida's economy. When you awaken, it will all be ok.
  • by Docker Location: Tallahassee on Oct 16, 2010 at 03:25 AM
    Why would he meetr with left wing newspaper editorialists who only wish to make him look bad? So far they have villified Scott and said nothing negative about Sink.
  • by Disgruntled on Oct 16, 2010 at 03:20 AM
    The man actually says he is gonna cut the state workforce if he's elected. With statements like that, I wouldn't want to answer questions either. Cut jobs? Seriously? Privatize prisons? Reduce Law Enforcement? If Rick Scott really wanted to something for Florida, he's move somewhere else.
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