Gov. Rick Scott’s legal counsel Thursday told the Florida Supreme Court that
he made an inaccurate representation on the amount of money already spent on
the state’s high-speed rail project — a key detail that may have helped
cinch the governor’s victory in a constitutional tug-of-war.
In a two-page letter to Chief Justice Charles Canady, Scott’s general counsel,
Charles Trippe, acknowledged he misrepresented a central fact in arguments
last month supporting the governor’s rejection of $2.4 billion in federal
funds for the project linking Tampa with Orlando.
Sen. Thad Altman, R-Viera, one of two senators who sued Scott saying he had
exceeded his constitutional authority in killing the project, said Thursday
evening that Trippe’s letter is a “huge admission.”