Rick Scott wishes that were a gun.

Last December, we brought you a story about some rather embarrassing news for Joe Amendola, Jerry Sandusky’s attorney (no, not this attorney). Apparently Amendola suggested that anyone who believed Mike McQueary witnessed a rape, reported it, and nothing was done about it, should dial 1-800-REALITY. As it turns out, 1-800-REALITY is a gay sex hotline, whose opening message begins like so: “Hey guys, welcome to the hottest place for triple-X action.” Amendola’s faux pas was shockingly inappropriate given the nature of Sandusky’s crimes.

Today, we’ve got yet another story about a law school graduate who inadvertently gave out the number for a phone sex line, but this time he’s not a defense attorney — he’s the Governor of Florida….

As our commenters like to say, “This would never have happened at SMU.” But alas, one of the law school’s graduates, Rick Scott, may no longer be “SMU secure” thanks to this Flori-duh moment. Reuters has the story:

In an embarrassing mistake, Florida Governor Rick Scott gave out a phone sex hotline number to Floridians seeking information on a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak.

Scott was providing an update on the outbreak at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday when he announced what he said was the hotline’s toll-free phone line, but gave out the wrong number.

People who dialed in were greeted by a woman who purred, “Hello boys, thank you for calling me on my anniversary. Existing callers, press one. New callers, press two.” She even offered 20 free minutes to her gentlemen callers (but only after they had already spent $100, how rude). Luckily for him, Scott was able to rectify his mistake shortly after making it.

In other meningitis news, after approximately 14,000 patients were given potentially tainted pain medication injections, the first lawsuit was filed yesterday in what’s expected to be a wave of litigation. Since the outbreak began, 184 people have contracted meningitis and 14 have died, including two in the Sunshine State.

Next time, we hope that Governor Scott has the foresight to double-check the phone numbers that he gives out, especially when people are dying.

Florida governor gives phone sex number for meningitis hotline [Reuters]
Legal recriminations begin over major U.S. meningitis outbreak [Reuters]


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