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Scott hasn't called prayer day

CATHERINE WHITTENBURG The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 04:29 PM

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TALLAHASSEE -

Staff for Gov. Rick Scott have partially refuted a report that the governor is declaring a new day of prayer in Florida.

The conservative Family Research Council had announced that Scott was following the example of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is partnering with the anti-gay American Family Association to hold a large "prayer and fasting" event at Reliant Stadium in Houston on Aug. 6.

A potential presidential candidate, Perry invited 49 other governors to join him, the FRC reported — including Scott, who alternates frequently between citing Perry as a friendly rival and a political role model. Scott has responded to Perry's gesture, the FRC states on its website, by pledging to hold a day of prayer in the Sunshine State.

On June 7, Fox News quoted Perry spokeswoman Catherine Frazier as naming Scott among several governors who had confirmed that they, too, would declare Aug. 6 to be a day of prayer in their states.

That's not exactly true, Scott spokesman Lane Wright said.

Wright produced a May 23 proclamation in which Scott acknowledged the Aug. 6 event taking place in other states and encourages people to take part. Scott penned the proclamation in response to Perry's invitation, Wright said.

But that's all there was to it, Wright said.

"Gov. Scott did not actually declare a day of national prayer. He is simply extending 'greetings and best wishes' to all observing Aug. 6 as a day of prayer for our nation."

The spokesman could not confirm whether Scott will attend the Houston event.


cwhittenburg@tampatrib.com (850) 222-8382

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