Scott reading the news is old news, staff saysby Dara Kam | July 29th, 2011
A new detail on Gov. Rick Scott’s daily schedule this week raised eyebrows among Capitol watchers.
The first item on his agenda Thursday and Friday called for 6:30 a.m. media briefings. Thursday’s 6:30 a.m. item reads “Review Florida and national news” and Friday’s called for a “Daily media briefing.”
Huh? Since campaigning for governor and even after taking office in January, Scott has insisted he does not read newspapers.
That’s true, spokesman Brian Burgess said. But he does read the NEWS. He gets the news clips compiled by Burgess’ team each morning from FDLE aides, Burgess said.
Scott’s staff put the news run-downs on his schedule to debunk the myth that the first-term governor is unaware of what’s going on in the state and the nation.
“It’s a myth that he doesn’t read news. He just doesn’t pick up a paper and generally avoids ‘political horse race’ stories,” Burgess said. “He focuses on substantive issues and doesn’t care for stories pertaining to political intrigue.”
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