Florida governor gives phone sex number for meningitis hotline

TALLAHASSEE, Florida Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:42am EDT

Florida Governor Rick Scott speaks during an interview in New York, March 26, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Florida Governor Rick Scott speaks during an interview in New York, March 26, 2012.

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - In an embarrassing mistake, Florida Governor Rick Scott gave out a phone sex hotline number to Floridians seeking information on a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak.

Scott was providing an update on the outbreak at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday when he announced what he said was the hotline's toll-free phone line, but gave out the wrong number.

The governor's office was alerted by a public radio station in Tampa, WUSF, which was monitoring the cabinet meeting and posted the number on its website.

The station said it was "quickly notified by a reader that the number instead connected to an adult telephone line."

Callers are greeted with the recording of a woman's voice saying: "Hello boys, thank you for calling me on my anniversary."

Contacted Wednesday, Scott's spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said the governor inadvertently misread the number. He was informed of the error and was able to correct himself about 20 minutes later in the same meeting.

The correct number for the Florida Fungal Meningitis Hotline is 866-523-7339, but Scott got one of the digits mixed up.

Since the outbreak began, 138 people have contracted meningitis and 12 have died, including one in Florida, according to the latest tally from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday.

(Writing by David Adams; editing by Todd Eastham)

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Comments (7)
Snuffy4 wrote:
He read the wrong number out of his address book, I imagine.

Oct 10, 2012 9:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Robert76 wrote:
Is this guy some relation to “legitimate rape Akin” from Missouri?

Not sure what a sex hotline can do about health fears over the meningitus outbreak.

Oct 10, 2012 11:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BlueOkie wrote:
At least they’ll die happy

Oct 11, 2012 8:00am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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