Orlando shootings:

“Look at the three camera hounds Trump Scott and no-show Rubio!”


Where is the line between empathy, political exploitation?

Talk about “No Show Rubio?”


Who is this old, tall, bald, man running around Orlando hugging everyone?

A lower than life,

died in the woods,



looking for whatever he can scrape off the top from our donations,

a run for senate


all of the above?



June 18, 2016 12:04 AM

Gov. Rick Scott hugs Maria Delos Angeles, during a wake for her son, Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, Thursday, June 16, 2016, at San Juan Funeraria in Kissimmee. Red Huber AP

By Mary Ellen Klas

Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau


The mass shooting that pierced Orlando’s summer calm and stunned the nation also became a high-profile, and risky, platform for the state’s ambitious politicians.

For days, Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi joined Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer as regular fixtures before the banks of television cameras in the media village that emerged in the police periphery outside of the Orlando nightclub.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio used the event to announce he had “been deeply impacted by” the mass casualties from an act of home-grown terrorism and was therefore reconsidering his decision not to run for re-election. Democratic state legislators called for a special session on gun reform. And Donald Trump sent a Tweet announcing the massacre was proof he was “right on radical Islamic terrorism.”

But elected officials also used the event to show empathy and command the resources of their offices to help in the recovery and, when it came to meeting mourning families and traumatized responders, most officials kept it private.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden flew in Thursday to spend more than two hours talking with the families of victims,

but they banned reporters and photographers from recording their visits.


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