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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