Rick Scott says he’s been asked to attend Romney eventsby George Bennett | June 22nd, 2012
LAKE BUENA VISTA — Gov. Rick Scott, plagued by high disapproval ratings, has not appeared with Mitt Romney at any campaign events in Florida, fueling speculation the Romney campaign doesn’t want him to be seen with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
During a brief q-and-a with reporters today, Scott was asked if Romney has asked him to campaign with him.
“They’ve asked me to go to things, but it’s always been last-minute for me,” Scott said.
A Romney campaign source confirmed Scott’s account.
Scott spoke briefly to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference here. He didn’t touch on his efforts to remove non-citizens from the state’s voter rolls, which critics have said risks mistakenly purging minorities who tend to vote Democratic.
“There’s no voter purge here,” Scott said in response to a reporter’s question afterward. Because the Department of Homeland Security hasn’t cooperated, Scott said the state has only looked at a “very small sample” of voters.
“We found that non-U.S. citizens have registered to vote in our state and voted in our elections. Now, I don’t want anybody, any U.S. citizen’s vote, to be diluted by a non-U.S. citizen,” Scott said.