Florida Gov. Scott Accidentally Cites Phone-Sex Hotline in Meeting

Oct 10, 2012 2:21pm
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An honest mistake led to a racy recording after Florida Gov. Rick Scott misread the toll-free number for his state’s Health Department during a cabinet meeting Tuesday, rattling off the digits for a phone-sex hotline instead.

Scott was giving an update on the fungal meningitis outbreak spreading to Florida this week when he mixed up the last four digits of the phone number that the state has set up for constituents to call with information about the deadly outbreak. State officials confirmed this week that the outbreak had spread to Florida after a 70-year-old man was killed by steroid medication contaminated by the fungus.

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“You can call the Department of Health’s toll-free, 24-hour hotline set up for this,” Scott said Tuesday before citing an 866 number that, according to Tampa radio station WUSF, connects to an adult-entertainment recording.

“Hello boys, thank you for calling me on my anniversary,” a recorded female voice says on the phone-sex hotline.

The governor’s spokeswoman, Jackie Schutz, said Scott “inadvertently gave the wrong number” but corrected himself and cited the correct hotline number later in the cabinet meeting.

The number for the Florida Health Department’s meningitis hotline is (866) 523-7339.

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