News

Fla. governor calls off ‘alligator hunt’ fundraiser

Fla. governor calls off ‘alligator hunt’ fundraiser

Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott speaks at a ceremony opening new newsroom facilities for the Univision and Fusion television networks in Doral, Florida Aug. 28, 2013. Photo: Reuters/REUTERS/Joe Skipper

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) – Florida Governor Rick Scott has called off a “private” alligator hunting trip on October 18 to raise funds for his 2014 re-election campaign.

Golfing weekends, concerts and deep-sea fishing fundraisers are common in Florida politics, but a gator hunt was such an anomaly that it made major news among bloggers and political websites.

Scott, a Republican, was first elected in 2010 and could face a challenge from former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, a Republican-turned-Democrat, who is mulling a gubernatorial bid.

John French, head of Scott’s “Let’s Get to Work” campaign committee, told reporters Tuesday night the hunting outing has been canceled. He gave no reason for the decision.

A former Republican state senator, Paula Dockery, had questioned the legitimacy of the campaign gator hunt, noting state limits on the number of hunting permits.

“This raises a few questions. Usually licenses/permits done by lottery. How do they get enough for all donors?” Dockery tweeted.

Latest Stories

in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA

Confirmation: Remains Found October 18th Match Graham

Updated
Graham Hannah Elizabeth 2 091514

A medical examiner confirms the remains found off Old Lynchburg Road October 18th match Hannah Graham.

in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA

University Releases Statement on Hannah Graham

Updated
UVA Lawn 51308

School offers condolences to Hannah Graham's family.

in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA

Commonwealth’s Attorney Reacts To Medical Examiner’s Report

Updated
LunsfordDenise101807

Albemarle Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford has reacted to a report from a state medical examiner.

in Sports

This week’s top sports shots

royals

A look at some of this week's best moments in sports.

in Sports

This weekend’s sports schedule

worldseries

A complete look at this weekend's sports schedule.