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Rep. Williams: Come home, Rick Scott

Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, blasted Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday for not meeting with the student protesters camped outside the governor's office.

Scott has not been in the state capital publicly since last Tuesday. He was in New York City last weekend, and has been travelling in Florida since.

Meanwhile, more than three dozen student activists have refused to leave Scott's office in the Capitol. The protesters, part of an organization known as the Dream Defenders, are demanding that Scott call a special session to address the Stand Your Ground law in the aftermath of George Zimmerman's acquittal. 

Williams said Scott's refusal to meet with the students shows a lack of leadership.

"He could have said, 'I'm getting back in my private jet and going to meet with these students,'" Williams said at a press conference Thursday. "[Former] Gov. [Charlie] Crist would have done it. [Former] Gov. [Jeb] Bush would have done it."

Williams said Scott had come home to the Governor's Mansion at least one of the nights.

"He decided to leave, to back out under the cover of darkness," Williams said.

Williams also added his voice to the chorus of people calling for a special session to address Stand Your Ground. He was joined by Rep. Mia Jones, D-Jacksonville, and Rev. R.B. Holmes, Jr., the vice chair of the governor's Stand Your Ground task force.

Said Jones: "Florida likes to tout being first... We were at the front end of the line to implement this law. We should be the first to repeal it."


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Preston Scott

Ironic that Rep. Alan Williams should ask the Governor to come home. Maybe, the good State Representative ought to consider his own residence which happens to NOT be in the district he represents. Those darn public records. Besides, the students are clueless. Stand Your Ground was not invoked in the trial and used as a defense.

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