What used to be well-known only to political print reporters in Florida is now seeping into local TV news across the state: Rick Scott won’t directly answer questions about most topics of the day.
The most-recent example: Gay marriage and the decision Thursday by a Florida Keys judge to declare the 2008 voter-approved same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. On Friday at two events, the governor wouldn’t really say what he thought of the ruling or Florida Attorney Pam Bondi's appeal.
“Nobody wants discrimination in our state,” Scott said in Bonita Springs, adding that he believes “in traditional marriage” and citizens’ access to the courts.
Gay-rights groups say the same-sex marriage ban discriminates against them, but the ban’s backers say their votes are being discriminated against by judicial activism.
So what discrimination is Scott against? Scott won’t say.
“Aren’t you trying to have it both ways?” WPLG’s Michael Putney asked Scott Friday in Miami. (Skip to 1:17 to watch the video above.)
“People have different view about it our state,” Scott replied. “But in 2008, the voters decided that this state would be a traditional marriage state. It’s going through the court system. But what’s important to me is I don’t want anybody discriminated against.”
Putney: Aren’t gays being discriminated against?
Scott: “I’m against any discrimination. But in 2008, the voters decided this would be a traditional marriage state.”
Putney: “Are you…”
Scott (cutting him off): “Let’s talk about jobs – 37,000 jobs in a month!