Lizbeth Benacquisto

Florida governor mum on misconduct questions about appointee

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday ordered thousands of state workers to follow new guidelines for sexual harassment even as he refused to answer questions about whether he knew about allegations of misconduct against one of his top appointees.

Saying it is "disgusting to hear about the numerous accounts of sexual harassment happening across the country," the Republican governor issued an executive order that requires training for all new employees and puts in place a new procedure for reporting complaints. The order only applies to state agencies that answer directly to Scott.

But when pressed by reporters, Scott sidestepped questions about former Rep. Ritch...