Gov. Rick Scott denies flip-flop on Fla. gambling

Published: Friday, January 7, 2011 at 9:54 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 7, 2011 at 9:54 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Rick Scott denies he's flip-flopped on his opposition to an expansion of gambling and says he won't make his flight plans public when he uses his private jet for state business.

Those comments came Friday at Scott's first formal news conference since taking office.

It was a brief but wide-ranging encounter with the Capitol press corps that lasted just under 17 minutes.

The multimillionaire Republican used the first five minutes to recap his first three days as governor before taking questions.

In the remaining time Scott denied a published report he's now open to expanding casino gambling, said he will continue to block access to his flight plans and defended high salaries he's paying to some staff members.

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