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.

Recent Headlines

in Viral Videos

Watch Gordon Ramsay give Jimmy Kimmel a blind taste test

Fresh
21-overlay

The "Hell's Kitchen" star tests the comedian's palate with a blind taste test.

in Music

Chrissie Hynde penning autobiography

Fresh
hynde

The Pretenders star is hoping her life story will make people dance and maybe reach for a guitar.

in Entertainment

Joe Jonas, Ciara sign on for new variety show

ciara

The show, titled "I Can Do That!," will debut this summer.

in Music

Metallica releasing their 1982 demo tape

metallica

Metallica are feeling retro - so retro, their next release will be on cassette.