Scott Challenges Status Quo

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

Tallahassee, FL - It was unlike any recent inaugurations. County singer Lee Greenwood entertained.

“We need a lot more like Rick Scott, me and you,” sang Greenwood.

The balmy 60 degree day was a far cry from recent sub-freezing inaugurations as Scott took the oath of office, which included the phrase “I am duly qualified to hold office.”

Cannons boomed. Jets flew overhead. But that’s where similarities to past inaugurations stopped. This was an anti-government campaigner now leading the fourth largest state in the nation. “We’re not going to cling to models created in a prior century,” said Scott. “We’re not going to allow bureaucracies to make our decisions for us.”

Like Rick Scott, this was Betty Jo Sellar’s first inauguration. She came because she believes the new Governor is different. “I just think we’re ready. I think the people’s ready to back him and and try to do something.” So we asked “You think change is needed?” Betty Jo replied: “I definitely think change is needed…definitely”.

One of the Governor’s first actions: signing a proclamation to look at regulations that are hindering jobs.

And although he got less than 50% of the vote, Scott is making it clear he is on a mission. “We’ve got to change the way we run the state (he says thank you to well wishers)…Got to change the way we run the state. We’re gonna look at all the regulations and we’re gonna get this state back to work.”

It is a message that political scientist Susan MacManus says registers with voters. “He pretty much gave a very staunchly anti-government or anti politics as usual kind of speech,” says MacManus.

While his promises are many, Scott says he is willing to be measured, just as he wants to measure the results of all of government.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2011 at 11:42 AM
    To challenge this "status quo" should also mean that he will not cooperate and walk lock-step with Haridopolous and Cannon. I hope we have a 3 way headbutting exhibition. Better to have state government in deadlock (no different than the past 8 years) instead of wholesale privitization of everything that is not eliminated. So many have questioned and suggested an alterior motive by Scott -there is got to be a BIG reason why this man who dislikes politics would choose to be the head man of the show.
  • by MB Location: Tallahassee on Jan 5, 2011 at 06:18 AM
    I'm so glad that an outsider was voted for gov instead of another crooked politician. We need more buisness men and woment to run. I so hope that Donald Trump runs for President. If they run their buinesses like the fed gov runs theirs, there wouldn't be any, they all would be bankrupted...oh wait we are bankrupted.
  • by LOL Location: Tallahassee on Jan 5, 2011 at 06:14 AM
    Well said "Not in rehab"! Cheers to the new Gov.!
  • by Not in rehab Location: Tally on Jan 5, 2011 at 04:56 AM
    Denise. Tell me why a person in rehab, with a proven record of making bad life decisions, wants to throw stones. You live in a glass house lady. Best to be quiet and thought ignorant than speak out and remove all doubt. Let the man the people elected do what we want him to do. Way to go Gov.
  • by Denise Location: Tallahassee on Jan 4, 2011 at 09:43 PM
    Sad day for Florida when a CRIMINAL is sworn in. He was elected with his STOLEN money. As a person in rehab, I saw him do it first hand. I also saw the embarrassment he caused. The ironic thing is that the state would naturally make that many jobs without him! What a charlatan!!!
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