Democrats rip Gov. Rick Scott over child deaths

By Anthony Man, Sun Sentinel

Democrats launched a blistering attack Thursday on Gov. Rick Scott, heaping blame on him for deaths of 40 children who “were killed after being placed under your protection.”

The first salvo was a letter to the Republican governor from state Rep. Perry Thurston, a Broward Democrat and his party’s leader in the Florida House of Representatives.

Thurston combined emotional language — referring to “innocent children” whose “deaths were unimaginable and shocking to the conscience” — with an attack on Scott for “missteps,” “a mistake,” and “your ideological agenda.”

He faulted Scott for his “abject failure to protect these vulnerable children.” The 40 children in question were known to the Department of Children & Families when they died of abuse or neglect.

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