Rick Scott Tour and Appointments

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Panama City, FL - Governor-elect Rick Scott arrived in Panama City Wednesday to a crowd of enthusiastic supporters. With less than a week left until Scott takes office, his transition team is working double time to tie up loose ends and recruit leaders to take the reigns of state departments.

Scott is also meeting with legislators, like Republican Marti Coley, to discuss his jobs plan.

“We are creating an environment that will allow the private sector to grow and thrive and prosper and I think that is what he is here to do,” said Coley.

Scott will need legislative help to make good on his promise of 700-thousand jobs in seven years. He’ll also need to beef up his administration.

While on his tour Scott made his first two appointments. He picked an Indiana government official to head up Florida prisons and selected a man from Wal-Mart to lead the state through disasters like hurricanes and the BP oil spill.

Bryan Koon heads up emergency operations for the world’s largest retailer. Representative Jimmy Patronis is impressed Scott grabbed Koon.

Wal-Mart in its own right, their emergency management is bigger than some state’s emergency management,” said Patronis.

Scott, who ran as a government outsider, says expect more appointments from the private sector.

“This is a great opportunity. This is the greatest state to work for,” said Scott.

Scott will keep some of Governor Charlie Crist’s department heads for at least a little while longer to buy more time for his transition.

AG-elect Bondi’s Agenda

Attorney General-elect Pam Bondi was in Panama City today, joining Governor-elect Rick Scott on his inaugural tour. Bondi will become Florida’s first female Attorney General. She says she’s ready to take the torch from the current attorney general and continue the state’s lawsuit against the new federal health care laws. Bondi also wants to take on BP to make sure Floridians get paid.

“I’m going to look out for the people and I’m going to hold Fienberg and BP accountable for everything and that is one of my primary goals as your new attorney general,” said Bondi.

Bondi, Scott and the two other elected state cabinet members take office January 4th.

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  • by Bill Location: Titusville on Dec 30, 2010 at 10:20 AM
    Rick bought the Governorship . . . with his millions he thinks that he shouldn't have to pay taxes on. His ethics are such thta he wants to add to the utility tax . . . .paid by low income people. He is on the biggest free lunch program of his. Politicians have the biggest entitlement program of all
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2010 at 09:49 AM
    "He picked an Indiana government official to head up Florida prisons" - Is there no one in Florida qualified enough for this job? There may be many in Florida qualified to do the job, but Scott seems to be putting in new faces (outsiders) just like he said he would. We voted for this, and here it comes.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2010 at 09:46 AM
    Please, just tell me why somebody spends millions to get a job that pays so little? It's all about power. If you had all the money you could ever need what else would you ask for? Power, and a lot of it.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2010 at 09:44 AM
    State of Florida Employee, Scott can't take your job. The legislature can and may very well take your job. Quit crying about it and plan now for how you are going to find a job in the real world.
  • by LOL Location: Tallahassee on Dec 30, 2010 at 07:59 AM
    I'm hoping he can clean up this mess by reducing our states government spending. Have you ever looked at the budget?? It's a book...but worth the read if you'd really like to know what's going on!
  • by slm Location: Tallahassee on Dec 30, 2010 at 07:12 AM
    State of Florida,Inc., Owner: Rick Scott
  • by State of Florida Employee Location: FLORIDA on Dec 30, 2010 at 07:04 AM
    Mr. Scott please do not take my job, I have worked for the State most of my adult life. I'm single and live off less than $30,000.00 a year. I'm to old to try and find work in private sector. My retirement and insurance benefits are invested in the State of Florida, DO NOT TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME. I am really stressing over you being Governor and firing a lot of good hard working people. I remember when Jeb Bush had his "Reduction in Work Force" there were lots of good people cut that were on the brink of retirement. People that live in Ivory Towers some how forget the common folk, and it's the common folk that work/support the different levels of government financially. It's our tax dollars that build the Governors Manison and pays it's expenses. So when you sit at the table eat the food and have servants that will be there to wait on you, remember it's the common working man that puts the roof over your head and food in your stomach. We need our jobs to afford your life style.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2010 at 04:15 AM
    I just love these rallies to "preach to choir" and make generalised statements so supporters cheer with joy. When is he going to say something worthwhile that the other 48% might want to cheer about?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2010 at 03:51 AM
    The end game is to get the world's population reduced to 500,000,000
  • by Anonymous on Dec 29, 2010 at 10:20 PM
    "He picked an Indiana government official to head up Florida prisons" - Is there no one in Florida qualified enough for this job? I thought he was going to help uneployment, not create it.
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