Rick Scott Would Be Open to the Idea of Shooting an Alligator to Promote Florida

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Rick Scott apparently hates alligators. He hates them so much he's had them skinned and made into his really tacky, gold embossed, custom "governor" boots. He hates them so much that he doesn't want to even be near a live one, unless he had a gun and is shooting at it. Apparently Scott thinks that him shooting an Alligator could be somehow used to "promote Florida."

Scott was chatting with employees of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Associated Press reports this odd little exchange:
Scott said Florida's the perfect place for outdoor activities such as bird watching, fishing, hunting and just communing with nature.

"My least favorite though is our alligators," Scott acknowledged. "I don't want to be close to them that much."

He later added, though, that he'd be "receptive" to shooting one if that would help promote Florida.
Given Florida's latest tourism-killing tragedy of two British tourists being shot in Sarasota, we don't really see how anything involving guns and killing things is going to be a good way to promote Florida.

Maybe he wants to take a page from the Sarah Palin playbook and shoot at alligators from helicopters? Who knows?

Though, Riptide has discovered that Scott did have a previous encounter with a gator. Here, via the Orlando Sentinel, is Scott holding an albino gator.

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At first he seems disgusted and then suddenly pleased by the alligator. Maybe the lil' gator told an awesome joke. Still, it seems strange he says he doesn't want to be around the reptile and, yet, here is pictorial proof of him hanging around with one. Maybe Scott only likes white alligators, and doesn't care much for the darker skinned variety. Is Rick Scott an alligator racist? These are the tough questions Floridians need answers to.

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Tankerabrams
Tankerabrams

I cannot understand how you people do not realize the blatant and obvious sarcasm throughout this article. Perhaps you guys are missing it on purpose. I hope.

Learned Hand
Learned Hand

The headline of this blog: "Rick Scott Would Be Open to the Idea of Shooting an Alligator to Promote Florida"

The first paragraph: "Rick Scott apparently hates alligators. He hates them so much he's had them skinned and made into his really tacky, gold embossed, custom "governor" boots. He hates them so much that he doesn't want to even be near a live one, unless he had a gun and is shooting at it. Apparently Scott thinks that him shooting an Alligator could be somehow used to "promote Florida.""

Later in the blog: "Given Florida's latest tourism-killing tragedy of two British tourists being shot in Sarasota, we don't really see how anything involving guns and killing things is going to be a good way to promote Florida."

This hardly seems sarcastic.

cetude
cetude

THOSE BOOTS SOUND TOTALLY GAY!

cetude
cetude

It looks like he's going to do something very dirty with that gater. If you know what I mean.

Loophead
Loophead

I hate Rick Scott, but this is the stupidest story I think I've seen in a while. He made a comment..he did not say "Let all go out and kill gators" or "I am making it the law to kill gators at will." You are ambushing on a (most likely) second hand comment. Making the man look like a racist is even more disgusting....you need to find another job and so does your editor....

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Hey! Rick Scott is not only a racist, he is what animal rights advocates call a speciest too!

Jslynch
Jslynch

In the picture on the left he looks like Beaker from the Muppet Show.

Fgator215
Fgator215

really this is the best thing you can write about please go find a real stories

Learned Hand
Learned Hand

This is a stellar piece of journalism. Our Governor says he would be "receptive" (ie, he would think about it) to hunting an alligator if it would promote Florida at it turns into a ranting expose that reveals the authors political affiliations. You even go as far to call him an "alligator racists." That's a new one....You criticize Scott for not wanting to be close to alligators. Why would one want to be close to alligators? They are extremely dangerous animals capable of killing a human with minimal effort. Since you have painted Scott as an alligator-hater and criticize him for not wanting to be "close" to the animals, you must love alligators and want them to be your next door neighbor. Using your journalistic techniques, I could write an article or blog about how you want to endanger children and families by making alligators part of our everyday lives. You obviously don't care about our future.

It is fine to criticize political figures, and I appreciate the media's important role in our countries system of checks and balances. But this blog or article is crap. The Governor says he would be "receptive" to hunting an alligator to promote Florida. The author takes that quote and runs with it down rabbit trails and winds up calling the Governor a racist and suggesting that Scott will soon be shooting alligators from helicopters.

It is obvious that you don't like Scott, and I am sure you have good reason to. But this is no way to show it. you sound like 6 year-old girls in the sandbox.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Alligator racist? The correct term is speciesm - the belief that one species is more superior to another.

Learned Hand
Learned Hand

Maybe you should tell that to whoever wrote this blog

t taylor
t taylor

um. you live in florida. whether you like it or not, alligators are part of your everyday life, in some fashion or another; they are part of the fabric of florida. i have no problem with gators or being close to them. as for the "alligator racist" bit, that was obviously intended as levity, pointing out the obvious flaw in the governor's statement he doesn't want to be around alligators.

Learned Hand
Learned Hand

Ah yes, the picture of him with an alligator is the "obvious flaw" in the Governor's statement that he prefers not to be around alligators. A profound statement and contradiction of such importance it needed a blog dedicated to it. But we know that's not why the blogger wrote this piece. We can find that in the headline: "Rick Scott Would Be Open to the Idea of Shooting an Alligator to Promote Florida." Next, the author informs readers of the ultra-important composition of the Governors boots. The blogger then mentions Scott would be "receptive" to the idea of shooting an alligator to promote Florida, and follows that up by saying "Given Florida's latest tourism-killing tragedy of two British tourists being shot in Sarasota, we don't really see how anything involving guns and killing things is going to be a good way to promote Florida."

And that's that. The author has successfully taken one word from the Governor ("receptive"), twisted it into the governors next plan to promote Florida and tries to portray Scott as less-than caring about the two recent tourism related deaths.

Quality stuff guys.

Learned Hand
Learned Hand

Fulltilt:I believe I have pointed out that I understand the meaning of the word receptive and the contradiction the author exposed about Scott's feelings about being around alligators (however trivial that contradiction may be). Surely the author twisted something, right? Scott says he would be "receptive" to the idea of killing an alligator to promote Florida, and the author suggests that Scott may be killing them via helicopter and accuses him of being an alligator racists.

My problem with this blog (which again, has been pointed out in my previous comments) is the authors use of a rather irrelevant quote from Scott to "contradict" him (about the all important issue of alligators) and to take a stab at him as well. Read the blog again: After introducing Scott's quote about being "receptive" to killing an alligator to promote Florida, the author inserts this: "Given Florida's latest tourism-killing tragedy of two British tourists being shot in Sarasota, we don't really see how anything involving guns and killing things is going to be a good way to promote Florida."

Try reading the article in the link provided. It has the same "receptive" quote from Scott but the author doesn't resort to the yellow journalism we have been commenting on.http://www.miamiherald.com/201...

t taylor
t taylor

good god. the reason for the blog was the statement that the governor was receptive to the idea of shooting a gator; which does, in fact, indicate he is open to the idea of shooting one if it would help promote the state. receptive means open to or willing to receive. the blogger wasn't twisting words.and again, the pic shows a contradiction between what the governor said at this press conference and what he done previously--the fact is was a white (albino) alligator just adds to the overall ridiculousness of the situation and his statement.

Limp Wrist
Limp Wrist

Rick Scott has a mob associate in his leadership coalition. The man to get Florida back on track is Joe Ardolina of American Truck Sales. He's a former vice president in the now defunct H&W Refuse Service whose president was Anthony Carione, fingered by law enforcement along with his brother Frank Carione, as then active figures in the underworld. Another brother, Joseph Carione, plead guilty to defrauding the government as a co-defendant in a case that involved Colombo crime boss Andrew Russo.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

It would be better if a gator just chews off Rick Scott's head instead.

Kittykashew
Kittykashew

Oh no. The 'gator would get really sick. LOL

Hotwax
Hotwax

I hope one bites him in the a$$

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