In the aftermath of the tragic shooting at Pulse, Governor Rick Scott promised sign an executive order prohibiting the state government and contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation. This promise was made to members of the leadership of group Equality Florida, which included Carlos Guillermo Smith, who went on the be elected to the House. Many local governments have protections at the city or county government level, but the protection is not yet statewide.
According to Smith’s Facebook page, Smith recently encountered Rick Scott at an event. As the one-year remembrance of the Pulse tragedy has already come and gone with no such executive order, Smith approached Scott to ask about it. According to Smith, Governor Scott’s response was to run away. Smith tweeted a photo of Scott’s back, with Smith appearing to attempt to follow him, blocked by security. He commented, tagging @FLGovScott that it was “Totally unprofessional and violation of protocol from one elected to another.”