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Governor's school visit raises concerns about inappropriate campaigning

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Governor Scott is facing controversy over a school visit in Tampa. Hillsborough County School Board member April Griffin is among those crying foul, writing a letter stating schools should not be used as campaign props.

She expressed concerned that Gov. Scott would use his visit Wednesday afternoon at Jefferson High School in a future campaign ad (as he did with a recent roundtable discussion with seniors).

"Based on Gov. Scott's past actions, I'm concerned that he may be forcing us to be an unwitting part of a campaign ad and that students are missing very valuable classroom instruction time in order to advance his political campaign," Griffin wrote. "Our schools and students should be open to public officials, but should not be used as campaign props. We have a very strict no politicking policy and I ask that we hold all politicians to the same standard."

We asked Governor Scott if that school visit will appear in a campaign ad. He deflected the question and said he was here to talk about tuition increases.

A Hillsborough school spokesman said Scott has visited Hillsborough County schools several times before without controversy.

But now, it's campaign season. Scott is attacking his likely challenger Charlie Crist in a new round of ads. And Crist is firing back-- accusing Scott of turning official taxpayer-funded business into campaign spots.

"Gosh what we're doing here is listening to students, listening to parents about the cost of tuition," Scott said.

Scott is also facing claims from one of his top donors that Scott staffers used insulting language and mocked Mexican accents. Governor Scott would not say if he has personally investigated (or plans to investigate) those claims.

"We're going to have a good fundraising quarter. I've got a great diverse campaign team. They do the appropriate things and we're going to have a great campaign," Scott said.

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