POLITICS

Independent Florida Official Was Fired After Refusing To Cooperate With Rick Scott Campaign: Report

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 11: Governer Rick Scott participates in Three Kings Parade in Miami's Little Havana on January 11, 2015 i
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 11: Governer Rick Scott participates in Three Kings Parade in Miami's Little Havana on January 11, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Manny Hernandez/Getty Images)

TALLAHASSEE — A simmering behind-the-scenes battle involving allegations of political meddling by Gov. Rick Scott's office erupted publicly Tuesday as the ousted director of Florida's top law enforcement agency called Scott a liar for claiming he resigned voluntarily.

Former Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey said he was forced to quit without explanation Dec. 16 after eight years as commissioner and more than two decades with the agency.

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