New Governor and State Cabinet

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Tallahassee, FL - Florida has five new leaders and not one of them has every held a statewide office. Governor Rick Scott has never even worked in government until now.

This is the first time since inception that the governor and every member of the cabinet are all newcomers. And with all the officers sworn in, it’s go time for the rookies.

Pam Bondi, Florida’s first female Attorney General, is already fighting the new federal health care regulations.

“We’ve already started and we are fighting health care. We have started a gang initiative. It will be up and running in February,” said Pondi.

Florida’s New Agriculture Commissioner is helping farmers through the December freezes.

“Agriculture has been sort of that unheralded pillar of the economy employing 100-thousand people,” said Adam Putnam.

All the new leaders are Republicans. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater says that will help.

“I see a lot of unity and philosophically everyone shares the same idea,” said Atwater.

Former Governor Jeb Bush offered this advice to Governor Rick Scott.

“Express the joy in your heart of service. The joy you have to be able to have the best job in the world becomes contagious,” said Bush.

The new leaders will have their work cut out for them. Florida is facing a bruised economy, a housing crisis and a 12 percent unemployment rate. Now January 19th, will be the date to watch. That’s when the Governor and new state cabinet will hold its first meeting to conduct the state’s business.


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  • by Tallahassee Location: Tallahassee on Jan 5, 2011 at 08:22 AM
    This story states "None of the new leaders has ever held a statewide office". The new Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam Putnam, served in the Florida House of Representatives. He also served in the U.S. Congress, and is probably the most politically qualified of any of the new State of Florida leaders.
  • by Maria Location: FL on Jan 5, 2011 at 07:42 AM
    I'm very disappointed. I won't be visiting Tallahassee for another four years. Real people were not at the events for the new governor. Unemployment, housing issues and the poor were not invited.
  • by Puzzled Location: Florida on Jan 5, 2011 at 06:06 AM
    Rick and his new rookie cabinet got there because people were/are tired of polications, and that statement was made at the voting poles. The worse thing that could happen is for them to allow themselves to become just that. REMEMBER you work for us we don't work for YOU. The same lever that put you in office can take you out of office. Voters will be watching you guys very close. So whatever you do don't screw up and become a typical polication. I'm scared to death of all the rookies running things. Rick I have a question, if you're so rich it's obvious you didn't take the job for the money. Set a new course donate your salary back to the state to help it get out of the red. That would be a profound statement made to the citizens of FLORIDA, and I'm sure would give you another four years without doubt. You'll need them to do your seven year plan. Why make a seven year plan projection when you were only given four to do it in?
  • by Billo Location: Tally on Jan 5, 2011 at 05:37 AM
    Let the haters keep hating and the rest of us will GET TO WORK!!!
  • by moonchild Location: Tallahassee on Jan 4, 2011 at 08:12 PM
    As reported on WCTV6 news, people visited the Governor's Mansion. It is NOT the Governor's Mansion, it is the home that belongs to the people of Florida. Guess the so called BALL didn't have many REAL people attending, mostly politicians & lobbyist who went to eat & show off their faces. Such a sad state for Florida having to endure 4 years of more grief with this person and cabinet who bought their way into our lives. And to make matters worse, this person came from about 4 other different states, comes to MY state, OUR state & is now GOVERNOR, how stupid is that.
  • by PrincessPearl Location: tallahassee on Jan 4, 2011 at 06:51 PM
    It is a sad day for the state of Florida when a suspected thief and an embezzler is elected to the office of governor. This is the man who headed a company which stole millions of dollars in Medicare funds. Since Florida contains a large number of retirees, one has to wonder how anyone - particularly a retiree- could vote for some who allowed, participated or perhaps spearheaded the theft of these monies. When he is indicted for his crimes (70 times taking the fifth amendment), I surely wonder what these voters will say. This is not poor judgment or lack of experience, it is theft, stealing, a flagrant act against the law. Remember this if you voted for Rick Scott.
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