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.