Fla. Governor Criticizes Jesse Jackson Over Comments

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott is sharply criticizing Jesse Jackson over comments the civil rights leader made while joining a protest.

Jackson spent time this week in Tallahassee with a group upset with the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. They've refused to leave the Florida Capitol until Scott calls a special session and asks legislators to overhaul the state's self-defense laws.

Scott so far has refused the request.

The Chicago-based veteran activist criticized the state as the "Selma of our time" and made a comparison of Scott to former Alabama Gov. George Wallace. Selma was the site of civil rights protests and clashes with police during the 1960s.

Bishop Tavis Grant is national field director for Jackson's Rainbow PUSH coalition. Grant says there's no need for an apology.

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