From The Miami Herald:
Gov. Rick Scott acknowledged Tuesday what his staff had refused to disclose: He flew to Colorado over the weekend to attend a secretive policy retreat hosted by powerful conservative donors Charles and David Koch.
“It was very interesting,” Scott said. “They wanted basically to know what am I doing in Florida.”
Scott said he gave an overview of his agenda since taking office in January: education and Medicaid reform [translation: screwing the poor and middle class], tax breaks for businesses [translation: screwing the poor and middle class], drug-testing welfare recipients [translation: screwing the poor and making money for Solantic, his urgent care centers that do drug-testing] and overhauling the public employee pension system [translation: screwing the poor and middle class].
The billionaire Koch brothers are widely influential in national politics [translation: screwing the poor and middle class] and helped spur the tea party movement through groups like Americans for Prosperity.
Also attending the retreat near Vail were Republican Govs. Rick Perry of Texas and Bob McDonnell of Virginia. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli also attended.
A spokesman for Koch Industries, one of the nation’s largest private companies, told the Denver Post on Friday that the purpose of the conference “is to develop support for the kind of free-market policies and initiatives that can get our country back on the path to economic prosperity and sustained job creation.” [translation: screwing the poor and middle class]
The Koch summit was noticed because McDonnell put it on his schedule last week.
Scott said he found the sessions useful.
“In this job, you’ve got to constantly listen to what other people are thinking.
Is this why he never has any meetings with the public other than the Tea Party? He has his security detail remove anyone whom they think might dare to ask him a question that he woudn’t like.
The Koch brothers draw fire from Democrats given their clout over conservative policies, and some liberals were staging a protest in Colorado.
[Florida Democratic] Party spokesman Eric Jotkoff used Twitter on Monday to question the governor’s whereabouts.
With confirmation Tuesday, Jotkoff blasted Scott for flying off to “kiss the Koch Brothers’ ring” while wildfires were spreading across the state.