By: Mike Vasilinda
November 20, 2013
If you’ve renewed a business license, become a new attorney, or won the lottery, chances are you’ve gotten a letter from Governor Rick Scott.
Scott is sending letters at state expense, but they contain familiar campaign talking points. Nat Sot. Business license holders are being told that Scott is a lifelong entrepreneur who grew up in public housing and now wants to cut business taxes.
When asked about the letters, Scott said everyone should brag about their state. “I want to congratulate everybody in our state that is doing a great job, and I’m going to continue to do that,” says Governor Rick Scott.
One of the reoccurring themes in these letters is the 800,000 jobs that were lost in Florida before Rick Scott took office.
The loss of jobs is a direct shot at the man Scott replaced and who he’ll likely face in 2014, Charlie Crist, who for his part sidestepped the question.
The state has already spent more than ten thousand dollars sending thousands of personal letters from Governor Rick Scott to people renewing licenses, becoming lawyers, or who have won the lottery. The letters contain many of the talking points Rick Scott used in 2010 and is using today.
“I think it’s important for the Governor to congratulate people when good things happened to them and what I try to do is call people when sad things happen to them,” says Charlie Crist, Governor 2007-2011 (REP) and Candidate for Governor (DEM).
Florida Democrats aren’t being so shy. Reporter Vasilinda asked, “What do you think of letters like this one?”
“It’s just desperate, it shows just how desperate the Governor is going into reelection next year,” replied Max Steele, FL Democratic Party Press Secretary.
Scott has also sent letters through School boards congratulating students who did well on tests. He’s drafted letters for upcoming college graduates.