Cronyism

After Irma, Scott replaces head of emergency operations with political operative

As Florida Gov. Rick Scott was ramping up his campaign for U.S. Senate, he placed loyal and inexperienced staffers into agencies like the Department of Emergency Management and the Department of Transportation, which might be vulnerable to problems erupting on his watch. Our reporting uncovered how DEM kept a lid on the flow of bad news during hurricanes and DOT worked to suppress its role in a fatal 2018 Miami bridge collapse.
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