Democrats launched a scathing attack Thursday on Florida Gov. Rick Scott, blaming him for the deaths of 40 children who “were killed after being placed under your protection.” The first barrage of blame included a letter to the Republican governor from state Rep. Perry Thurston, a Broward Democrat and party leader in the Florida House of Representatives.
Thurston referred to “innocent children” whose “deaths were unimaginable and shocking to the conscience,” while attacking Scott for “missteps,” “a mistake,” and “your ideological agenda.” He blamed Scott for his “abject failure to protect these vulnerable children.” Thurston wrote,
“Clearly, your ideological agenda of smaller government and less regulation doesn’t always neatly fit with the priority of child protection, which has resulted in heartbreaking outcomes for too many Florida children.”
Thurston and Democratic state Reps. Elaine Schwartz, and Barbara Watson, each described the ghastly deaths of three of the children.
“It is beyond belief that this death and the deaths of dozens of other children seem to be of little importance to our governor,” Watson said. Schwartz also went on to criticize the previous agency chief, who resigned under fire this summer. Gov. Scott said his appointee “did a great job.”
The collection of deaths resulted after Scott claimed that budget cuts to Department of Children and Families were necessary in order for him to grow jobs in Florida and the agency would have settle for less.
The governor’s office did not have much of anything to say in response, but instead regurgitated a statement saying, “We are prioritizing spending on critical services as we craft the budget, and vital child protective services will not be reduced,” deputy press secretary John Tupps said by email.
h/t: Huffington Post