Rick Scott Ends Twitter Town Hall As Soon As He's Called a "Jackass"

Yesterday, Rick Scott fired up the ol' Interwebs and announced his first inaugural "Twitter Town Hall." Surprise, surprise! He's just as evasive 140 characters at a time as he is in real time.

Even still, the event was going just fine for the fledgling governor until one Tweeter called him a "jackass."

That's when The Unblinking One abruptly signed off.

The insult arrived on the tail end of a discussion of job creation. He promised private sector jobs and said he had already talked to "a

lot" of CEOs to that effect. But when Sandtrooper320 asked, "How do you

reconcile putting job creation first against your plan to eliminate 5%

of state employee positions?" Scott answered that his "focus is making

this the no. 1 state for private sector jobs."

A few minutes later, PrettyTwister wrote: "So what, are you gunna fire everyone and hire Walmart employees? Yeah, thats great... you jackass."

Scott immediately signed-off, thanking everyone for their tweets.

Was the governor irked that his Norton Anti-Confrontation software had somehow let him down? Was he angry that after roughly nine months of dodging uncomfortable questions about his company's massive Medicare fraud indictment, the good people of Florida were still wondering if they had elected a snake oil salesman?

Or was it simply the end of the planned 30-minute Tweetathon?

I guess we'll just have to wait until the next Twitter Town Hall to see if he always signs off when insulted.

Scott was characteristically noncommittal during the half hour before the diss. When asked if iPads for students was an example of excess spending, he responded with the platitude: "We need to make sure kids have technology, but not waste dollars."

He also sidestepped a question about whose input he would rely on when deciding whether or not to support a proposed $2.4 billion Tampa-Orlando high-speed rail project.

For the record, Alex Sink hasn't tweeted since December 22.

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Michael E. Miller was a staff writer at Miami New Times for five years. His work for New Times won many national awards, including back-to-back-to-back Sigma Delta Chi medallions. He now covers local enterprise for the Washington Post.