Skip to comments.Florida Police Union Cusses Gov. Rick Scott in Newsletter
Posted on 06/17/2012 12:35:10 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Fed up with the closed-door treatment from Gov. Rick Scott, the Police Benevolent Association sent a nasty gram using a word game in its quarterly newsletter, Roll Call.
The sixth page of the March newsletter notes that the union that represents police departments, sheriffs and other law enforcement officers has repeatedly asked Gov. Rick Scott to submit a guest article to the newsletter as part of its practice offered to every statewide elected official.
"While we know he and/or his staff receives our email requests, we have yet to receive any kind of response from him, the message said.
It urged members to write and call the governor to urge him to write about how he feels about law enforcement officers. Then, it added: "If you would like to know what we really think of the governor and the staff member who refuses our requests, go back to page four and write down the first letter of each paragraph."
A careful reading of Executive Director Matt Pucketts column provides the answer: "S-H-*-*-H-E-A-D-S."
Reached Wednesday, Puckett had no apologies. "The governors office and the governor, since he ran for that office has closed the door to the PBA, he said. "Weve reached out to him or his staff and we get no response. His policies have a very important effect on our membership and we get a closed door. Quite frankly, Im tired of it."
Puckett, a mild-mannered fellow not prone to using cuss words, was also head of the organization when it ran misleading campaign ads against Scott in the 2010 governors race, claiming his budget plan would release tens of thousands of prisoners early including rapists and murders.
He admitted the new message could offend.
"We want people to look at it and read it, he said. "The fact that it got some peoples attention thats good and if it offended some people so be it.
He noted that Scotts fellow Republicans Sen. Marco Rubio, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam have regularly submitted columns in the quarterly newsletter. Not Scott.
Brian Burgess, the governors communications director, said Wednesday he was not aware of the invitations but urged the PBA to try again. "I invite them to call and ask for me or a member of my staff and I promise well get back to them, he said.
Geez, what a bunch of childish and arrogant toads! Gov. Scott does not need to schmooze anyone with words. He shows his appreciation everyday with his actions, REGARDLESS of what just another whiny union thinks of him. He already knows that.
Obviously NOT a Republican.
A Republican would have gone on every Sunday morning talk show, sent surrogates to those he couldn't make and blubbered one apology after another.
All the class we've come to expect from unionized law enforcement. Can anyone imagine this kind of thing happening a generation ago ago?
Possibly. Remember when we thought stuff like SERPICO were a bunch of liberal propaganda? Politics was easy, once.
The only phone solicitors I am rude to are the local FOP. They immediately start with, "I'd like to remind you to always buckle up and never drink and drive." How dare they call me and immediately nag? I really let them have it. My wife thinks they're gonna' come after me.
The cops aren’t calling—they hire teenagers to call—I know because I had a nephew that had that job and he told me their methods...
Think I know the reason why and I do not blame the governor!
Republicans respect the police ... but a police UNION? There’s a difference and you know that...
“To protect (our pensions) and to serve (our union bosses).”
A generation ago, they didn’t shoot your dog at every opportunity. A generation ago even they beleived “To Protect and Serve”.
When LEOs began to put on military combat gear, everything changed.
All you said is true. Plus the police unions have gone radical thug and put the ‘un’ in the profession.
Government employees should not have unions. It is a conflict of interest.
Unions, especially public service unions have reversed roles into Standard Oil.
Gee, what a nice "mild-mannered fellow." He slanders Scott in public, then calls him names when the governor shuns him.
Self important jackass.
With the surname the gentleman has it would be a slam dunk to send a one word reply to the Executive Director of the PBA!
Poor baby. Someone change Puckett's diaper.
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