As three elected officials left the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors meeting this morning, two stopped to express concern about the circumstances behind former FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey stepping down.
But while reporters talked to Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, Gov. Rick Scott left the meeting room at the Double Tree hotel in Tallahassee earlier than anticipated and through a back exit.
Atwater said the allegations made by Bailey, who left the top job at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in December, raised serious questions that needed answers. Bailey said in an interview last week with the Times/Herald that he had, while in office, refused instructions from Scott's office that he felt would embroil FDLE in inappropriate political affairs.
"They're very serious and they should be looked into," Atwater said of the allegations. "Someone should look into those, and everyone should be able to see all this. It should be all very transparent, very exposed."
Putnam, too, said there was a role for a third-party investigator, such as an inspector general.
"There should be some follow-up to those allegations and whether they were incidents of illegal activity versus sloppy campaign-official type interactions that occurred," Putnam said.
And Scott? He was gone, with no questions asked or answered.