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Scott once called Everglades deal "great," cautioned against cost

UPDATED: Rick Scott blasted the state's deal with U.S. Sugar to buy land to help preserve the Everglades earlier today. He sees it as an opportunity to link GOP rival Bill McCollum to what he calls a “secret sugar deal, which will end up a secret sugar tax.’’

Here is what Scott told Political Connections in July about the Everglades deal: "I don't know all the details, but here's my impression: It's great. It would be great if we had more land the state can control. Can we afford it? Will it raise our taxes and are we spending dollars to do that, to not do other restoration projects? That's my concern."

The squishy stance and talk of taxes might let him wiggle away from a flip-flop accusation but he still called it "great." Expect McCollum's camp to seize on this anyway -- especially after Scott seized on McCollum's immigration flip-flop.

Scott's spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said the quote from July is consistent with how Scott feels now. In fact, he said nearly the same thing today but cautioned that it costs too much. She also disputed the idea that Scott didn't answer questions at the sugar meeting in West Palm Beach -- he did a full gaggle with reporters after the McCollum heckler left.

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