Election complaint filed against Florida Gov. for using on-duty officers for campaign


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TALLAHASSEE, Florida — A former Broward County police officer is contending that Florida Gov. Rick Scott violated the state's election laws.

The complaint alleges that Scott broke the law when he had on-duty law enforcement officers stand with him during a campaign event held this week in Tampa.

Florida law does not allow public employees to do campaign work while on duty.

Media reports after the event quoted law-enforcement agencies who said they thought the officers were there to provide security or were there for an official state event.

The Scott campaign contends that all officers were told ahead of time it was a campaign event. A spokesman called the complaint a "sad distraction."

The complaint was filed by Jeff Marano, the president of the Broward chapter of the Police Benevolent Association.

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