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UPDATE: What Scott transition team members are saying about private meetings

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 by Dara Kam

Gov.-elect Rick Scott is winding up three days of behind-closed-doors briefings from his nearly 200 transition team members to prepare for his move into the governor’s office on Jan. 4.

Scott’s meeting in private with his teams although First Amendment Foundation lawyers say the meetings should be open to the public.

Scott’s aides told Palm Beach Post reporter John Lantigua the meetings on the 12th floor of the Florida Atlantic University-Broward College Higher Education Complex were off-limits. He was advised to wait in the lobby to interview attendees inside the public building.

When Scott’s briefing from his economic development team ended, Lantigua caught some of the attendees on the 12th floor before being asked by a Scott aide to leave.

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Scott gets government advice out of the Sunshine

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 by Dara Kam

Gov.-elect Rick Scott is meeting for the third and final day with his transition teams to get advice on how to revamp Florida government when he takes office on Jan. 4.

Although Scott set up a website for citizens to give him their suggestions for change, the meetings in downtown Fort Lauderdale are off-limits to the press and the public. One of Scott’s staff even advised transition team members in an e-mail message that they were not allowed to bring anyone with them inside the (public) building.

The Economic Development Team met at 9 a.m. today on the 12th floor of the Florida Atlantic University-Broward College Higher Education Complex.

A reporter was told the meeting was closed to the press, that the 12th floor was a “secure area,” and he was advised to wait in the lobby if he wanted to catch participants coming out of the meeting.

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Crist asks for agency heads’ resignations

Friday, November 19th, 2010 by Dara Kam

In a typical move as he prepares to leave office, Gov. Charlie Crist today asked for the resignations of his agency heads, their senior staff and Crist’s own workers.

“In an effort to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for Governor-elect Rick Scott’s executive and management team, I requested today letters of resignation from my senior executive staff, agency heads and their management teams, as well as all staff within the Executive Office of the Governor,” Crist said in a statement.

“There is no greater calling than to serve others, and I thank each of the dedicated public servants of my administration for their service to the people of Florida. The efficient transition from one leader to another is a testament to our nation’s democracy, and my administration stands ready and willing to assist as needed,” he wrote.

Scott’s amassed a transition team of more than a hundred individuals from Florida and throughout the country as he prepares to take office on Jan. 4.

Scott taps campaign manager as legislative liaison

Friday, November 12th, 2010 by Dara Kam

Gov.-elect Rick Scott’s campaign manager Susie Wiles will be his go-between with the Florida Legislature during his transition, Scott announced today.

Wiles, who lives in Ponte Vedre, is a Jacksonville-area insider who served as a top aide to both current Jax mayor John Peyton and his predecessor John Delaney.

Wiles also served in President Reagan’s executive office and has a long history running Congressional and presidential campaigns.

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