Florida Gov. Admits he Mishandled Ouster of State's Top Cop

Florida Gov.
Posted at 11:10 AM, Feb 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-05 06:18:14-05

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is saying he mishandled the ouster of the head of Florida's main law enforcement agency.

Scott made the statement at the start of Thursday's meeting of the governor and Cabinet. He did not explain what exactly he could have done differently

Questions have been raised about Scott's decision to force out Gerald Bailey, the former commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Bailey said he was pushed out after resisting potentially unethical requests from the Scott administration and his re-election campaign.


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By law Bailey reported to the governor and the three members of the Cabinet.

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater asked about doing a new search for FDLE but none of the other Cabinet members supported taking that step.

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