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Thousands demand probes of Scott's FDLE shakeup

Petitions signed by more than 10,000 people will be delivered Wednesday to the Tallahassee offices of  State Attorney Willie Meggs and U.S. Attorney Pamela Marsh, calling for investigations of Gov. Rick Scott's forced ouster of former FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey.

The petitions were collected by the left-leaning advocacy group Progress Florida, which has been consistently critical of Scott's policies during his four-plus years in office. Progress Florida, based in St. Petersburg, will deliver copies of its petitions to Meggs' office at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and to Marsh's office at 11 a.m.

"One of two things happened," the group said in a release. "Either Rick Scott got approval from his fellow Cabinet members to fire Commissioner Bailey, or Rick Scott fired Bailey unilaterally." The group said the former action would be a violation of Florida's Sunshine Law and the latter would violate Florida's Constitution, which requires at least one Cabinet member to vote to remove Bailey from office. "So where's the investigation?" Progress Florida's Mark Ferrulo asked.