Originally posted on CBS Tampa:
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott shot back Saturday at opponents who have sued and criticized his conservative agenda and was cheered by an audience who supports his efforts to drug test welfare recipients, strip teachers of tenure and make Florida more business friendly.
Scott was a big hit addressing a gathering organized by the conservative RedState blog, drawing laughs several times as he made fun of people who oppose his policies. The governor whose approval rating was 36 percent in a poll released last week clearly was in front of a friendly crowd and he received a standing ovation when he wrapped the 24-minute speech.
“If you do conservative things in Florida, now you get sued,” Scott said, adding he then gets criticized for spending money on lawyers to defend the laws. “After they sue you … then they say ‘Why are you wasting state dollars?’ Because it’s…
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