Rick Scott’s First 100 Days

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

Since that January day when Rick Scott uttered these words:

“So help me God.”

He has been nothing but controversial. He fired the state pilots and put the state planes up for sale, all without asking legislators. Then he said no to billions for high speed rail

This is how Scott responded when we asked him to grade those first 100 days.

“First off, I enjoy what I’m doing,” Scott said. “I care about people. I ran for governor because I believe in this country and in this state.”

Scott’s relationship with the media has been frosty. He has been slow with public records requests. His schedule is often incomplete, like this entry: “lunch with a legislator.” Monday he left a news conference without answering questions. But his staff got angry when we tried to video a staffer sent to give answers.

“He’s not the governor’s spokesperson,” Burgess said. “We are. The governor speaks for himself.”

Reporter: Alright, then tell us…

“What’s your question?”

Reporter: The question is, what is the state doing…

“I’ll find out and get back to you,” Burgess said.

Organized labor, teachers, and state employees are seething over what they call his attack on the middle class.

“So I ask the governor this: when you said let’s get to work, did you mean let’s get to work on cutting jobs? Let’s get to work on attacking the middle class? Let’s get to work on attacking our teachers?” says FAMU student Jamal Rose said.

For his part, Scott says he doesn’t care if he’s popular or not.

And as pollsters point out, the next election is a political lifetime from now.


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