From Arek Sarkissian of the Tallahassee Democrat/Political Fix Florida, 05/24/2016:
The Anonymous group posted a video message on Facebook blaming Gov. Rick Scott the billions of gallons of water from Lake Okeechobee flooding into the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.
“As the rainy season is fast approaching, we direct the polluted waters be redirected into the state Capitol’s front doors and remove Rick Scott as the governor. The residents of Florida and citizens of the world will no longer be the subject of his greed and weakness for his self worth.”The video also blames Scott for a corrupt state judicial system that allowed the Palm Beach Gardens police officer who shot Corey Jones to go free.
The video also blames Scott for a corrupt state judicial system that allowed the Palm Beach Gardens police officer who shot Corey Jones to go free.
From Miami Herald‘s Patricia Mazzei, 05/25/2016:
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has been asked a great deal of questions, but perhaps none quite like the one he got from a Miami television reporter Tuesday: What were his thoughts on a video from the group Anonymous calling for the Republican governor to be impeached or else for him to resign?
The video, posted on Anonymous’ Facebook page earlier in the day (“Hello, citizens of the world,” it begins), accused Scott of working to “destroy the great state of Florida’s ocean wildlife” by allowing polluted waters from Lake Okeechobee to run off into the Atlantic Ocean. The masked figure with a disguised, robotic voice also charged the governor with “lining his pockets” with support from Big Sugar.
Scott, speaking to reporters after a ceremonial bill signing at the Department of Children and Families office in Miami, ignored the part of the question about Anonymous and instead focused on Everglades restoration efforts.
“Here’s what’s exciting that’s happened in the last five years,” he said, rattling off a list of accomplishments from settling lawsuits with federal agencies to appropriating $880 million from the state budget to improve water quality.
“So we’re clearly heading in the right direction, and this state can be proud of what we’re doing.”
UPDATE: The governor’s office said Wednesday the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was made aware of the Anonymous video. FDLE spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger told the Miami Herald in an email that it has seen the video.”FDLE always maintains operational awareness, but we have not seen evidence of a threat related to the video,” she wrote.