Florida Gov. Rick Scott would rather talk about anything other than marriage equality. Via Marc Caputo:
“Nobody wants discrimination in our state,” Scott said in Bonita Springs, adding that he believes “in traditional marriage” and citizens’ access to the courts.
Gay-rights groups say the same-sex marriage ban discriminates against them, but the ban’s backers say their votes are being discriminated against by judicial activism.
So what discrimination is Scott against? Scott won’t say.“Aren’t you trying to have it both ways?” WPLG’s Michael Putney asked Scott Friday in Miami.“People have different view about it our state,” Scott replied. “But in 2008, the voters decided that this state would be a traditional marriage state. It’s going through the court system. But what’s important to me is I don’t want anybody discriminated against.”
Putney: Aren’t gays being discriminated against?
Scott: “I’m against any discrimination. But in 2008, the voters decided this would be a traditional marriage state.”
Putney: “Are you…”
Scott (cutting him off): “Let’s talk about jobs – 37,000 jobs in a month! It’s the biggest jump! Michael! Michael! This is our biggest month since I got elected,” Scott said. “We’re over 620,000 jobs [created]. When I ran in 2010, I said seven steps to 700,000 jobs over seven years. And a lot of people questioned whether we could do that…. We’re at 620,000. What’s so exciting is 37,000 a month. I mean I just still think about my dad, watching his face when the only car we had got repossessed. That’s what I want to help with.”
That’s become his stock answer for everything. Ask any question — what about climate change, redistricting, education funding, or the main ingredient in tomato soup — and you get “Jobs! Look at all the jobs!” It’s like he’s stuck in a feedback loop.