Gov. Rick Scott claims that he wants to be open and transparent, in spite of criticism that he’s given very limited access to reporters, and in spite of the fact that he refused to talk to newspaper editorial boards during his campaign. Yesterday, when asked about that, he had this to say:
Scott shrugged off criticism from the media that his administration had ejected the press from public meetings, cherry-picked reporters from news organizations whose coverage he considers favorable and lagged in responses to public records requests.
On the campaign trail, Scott promised voters that his administration would be open and transparent, Orlando Sentinel editor Mark Russell reminded the new governor.
“What specifically is your plan to address this failure of a campaign promise?” Russell, speaking on behalf of the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, asked.
“I do press conferences. I do gaggles. Anybody can come to those so everybody has access,” Scott responded, adding that his office is processing 30 public records requests. “I feel very comfortable that we’re very open.”
As for his being “open” with voters concerns? Apparently Scott’s idea of being “open to the public” is by them asking him questions through Twitter. He plans to hold a “Twitter Town-Hall” tonight at 7:00 P.M, claiming he’ll answer as many questions as possible. So, providing that lots of questions don’t overload and crash Twitter (which often happens) this may be your only chance for an answer over your concerns.
Hey, it could be worse! This way you avoid those pesky velvet rope lines the reporters are subject to in those press conferences!
So by all means, ask away!