Rick Scott associate among those killed in Louisville shooting
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'This news is very shocking and sad for Ann and me.'

Elected officials often come to know loved ones of mass shooting victims following a tragedy. But U.S. Sen. Rick Scott said he was friends for years with one of the men murdered in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Naples Republican revealed on social media that he knew Thomas Elliott, one of five people identified as victims killed at Old National Bank on Monday.

“My friend Tommy Elliott was killed today in Louisville,” Scott posted on Twitter. “He was my banker for many years. This news is very shocking and sad for Ann (Scott’s wife) and me. He did so much in the Louisville community, and we pray for his family during this awful time.”

Elliott notably also knew Democratic Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshears. Beshears in a media update on the shooting called the 63-year-old banker one of his “closest friends.”

“Tommy Elliot helped me build my law career, helped me become Governor, gave me advice on being a good dad,” Beshears said. “He is one of the people I talk to most in the world, and very rarely were we talking about my job. He was an incredible friend.”

Elliott’s personal connection to two high-profile elected officials has prompted calls for those individuals to use their positions and address gun safety.

Of note, Scott, a former Florida Governor, has enacted gun control laws in response to a mass shooting. He signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act after a school shooting in Parkland that left 17 dead. The legislation established a red flag law for Florida and restricted the ability for Floridians to purchase firearms until age 21.

But Scott, after being elected to the Senate, voted against establishing a similar red flag law at the federal level. After a shooting last year at a school in Uvalde, Texas in which 19 children and two teachers died, Congress took up legislation. Sponsors at the time claimed the bill borrowed significantly from the Florida law Scott signed as Governor.

But Scott said at the time “these bills are not the same at all.” He said the federal law, later signed by President Joe Biden, lacked due process to protect the Second Amendment rights of responsible gun owners.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • PeterH

    April 11, 2023 at 12:32 pm

    “Shocking and sad”……but as one of those responsible for correcting inadequate gun legislation….. I promise you two things:
    I promise no legislation to insure that gun owners belong to a WELL TRAINED MILITIA, as the second amendment guarantees!
    I promise you that I will continue to support the NRA’s long held policy of putting MORE GUNS ON THE STREET. MORE GUNS ARE BETTER!

    Rick Scott

    • just sayin

      April 12, 2023 at 8:12 am

      Biden signed a huge antigun rights bill just last year. Are you saying it did nothing?

  • Billy the Bamboozler McFraud Dog

    April 11, 2023 at 1:34 pm

    Never pays to know Fraud Scott. Vote blue to quell the corrupt and fascist hoards.

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