Politics
11:38 am
Thu September 12, 2013

After Questions, Gov. Rick Scott Cancels $25,000 Alligator Hunt Fundraiser

Gov. Rick Scott decided that using live alligators as fundraising bait wasn’t such a great idea after all.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks during a Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Summit at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida on Thursday, August 22, 2013.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks during a Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Summit at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida on Thursday, August 22, 2013.
Credit STEPHEN M. DOWELL / MCT

Without explanation, Scott’s re-election campaign on Tuesday abruptly called off a planned “private gator hunt” in New Smyrna Beach on Oct. 18 for donors willing to pay $25,000 a head. The invitations said: “Space is limited.”

Word of the gubernatorial gator gambit quickly went viral on social media, and prompted questions about how the state would issue permits for it, not to mention the imagery of Scott campaign donors stalking a reptile that, despite its menacing image, has long been an unofficial symbol of Florida.

“The event has been canceled,” said John French, a Tallahassee lawyer who serves as chairman of Scott’s campaign effort, known as Let’s Get to Work. He declined to elaborate.

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