Escambia Co. Sheriff: Scott Getting Bad Advice

By: The News Service of Florida
By: The News Service of Florida

Gov. Rick Scott is getting “less than stellar advice” on how to fix the state’s budget crisis, Republican Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan has warned the governor in a letter that also pleads that governing “cannot be approached as a hostile corporate takeover.”

Morgan, who was on Scott’s law enforcement transition team, sent a long letter to Scott with several pieces of advice. The letter was reported Wednesday by the Pensacola News Journal. Transferring problems from state government to local is not an acceptable way to deal with a budget shortfall, Morgan said. “That’s all fine for them, but where do we transfer it?” Morgan told the News Journal. Morgan also said the Scott administration seems intent on “arbitrary cuts,” and urged the governor not to follow through on proposed changes to public employee retirement rules. "Reneging on these assurances to generations of working people is unacceptable," the sheriff said in his Feb. 22 letter. Scott hasn’t responded to Morgan.


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  • by Thanks to Sheriff Morgan Location: Tallahassee on Mar 3, 2011 at 01:58 PM
    Thank you Sheriff Morgan for trying to reason with Gov. Scott. If enough of you high officials see what most of us see, that gives us hope that we can restore and make whole our Great State. With his hostile corporate approach, he will discourage tourist from visiting and businesses may not want to move here. The Restruant and Hotel Industry are in the people business. They need us Floridians to be happy and proud of our State. In Escambia Co., your seafood industry has been hit very hard due to BP horible oil spill. Not only is it important to convience the world that your seafood is safe and delious, you want to show that Pensacola, Fort Waldon, and Santa Rosa Island are some of the most beautiful places to visit. My family and I visited Santa Rosa Island in 1975 before it was developed. It's white beaches and wildlife were awesome. Old Florida at its finest! Floridians appreciate your hard work in getting us back on track.
  • by Abnormal Location: Tallahassee on Mar 3, 2011 at 12:49 PM
    While I absolutely agree with the Sheriff, I have to ask why it took so long to come to his senses. This is the same Moammar Scott that he supported in the election - nothing about his policies or ways has changed. Its interesting that a Sheriff couldn't smell the crook when the crook was right under his nose. I also would note that the same Republican leadership that scoffed at Scott when he was running against McCollum have now wrapped their arms around him in a warm embrace. God forbid.
  • by Tallahassee Location: Tallahassee on Mar 3, 2011 at 12:25 PM
    Thanks Sheriff, and GOD BLESS U for caring for everyone, not just your party(GOP).
  • by Ed Location: Tallahassee on Mar 3, 2011 at 09:30 AM
    Well Sheriff, you got in bed with this sociopathic crook, so quit whining!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2011 at 09:20 AM
    Yes that is true. His advisory pannel is made up of those with special intrest.
  • by Commonsense Location: Tallahassee on Mar 3, 2011 at 09:14 AM
    Sheriff Morgan is absolutly right, but I'm not sure Gov. Scott will pay much attention to his letter. Mr. Scott appears to be dead-set on doing things his way, weather or not an expert in a particular field advises diffrent. The state is not a corperation, but Mr. Scott wants to run it as if it is one. I hope the members of the State Senate and House will have the fortitude to stand against Mr. Scott when he is wrong, and act as the equal branch of government they are; not as the board of directors he sees them as.
  • by robert stroud on Mar 3, 2011 at 07:10 AM
    scott sees this as a hostile takeover - glad handing and telling you what you want to hear while signing away our futures with a smile. destroy it and reap the benefits, money, for him and his supporters.
  • by Bill Location: Tallahassee on Mar 3, 2011 at 06:21 AM
    Unfortunately Skeletor does not listen to anyone but the ignorant tea ba**ers. He and his cronies absolutely view this as a hostile take over. Hopefully every Sheriff and Police Chief will stand up to this idiot.
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