Six Months of Gov. Rick Scott

By: Troy Kinsey Email
By: Troy Kinsey Email

Tallahassee, Florida - 7-5 -

The Fourth of July not only marked our country's independence, but also the six month anniversary of Rick Scott's term as governor of Florida.

The former health care executive campaigned on a pledge to shake up state government.

But, even Scott's own supporters could hardly have imagined just how much shaking he'd do.

It was a moment 80-million dollars in the making.
All of it coming directly from Rick Scott's personal fortune to help win one of the closest gubernatorial contests in Florida history.

And today, even the governor will admit, it's been a rocky six months.

"Hopefully there's not going there going to be a six-month story?!"

Given the governor's controversial agenda, how could there not be!
Just over a month after taking office, he rejected a two-and-a-half billion dollar federal grant.

"No high-speed rail!"

Killing what would have been a supersonic link between Tampa and Orlando.

Democrats and republicans alike lashed out.

"This is not a monarchy, he's not a king!"

But, Scott continued on un-phased, cutting 300-million worth of what he called 'special interest' funding in the state budget.

"Not all of those line items made it past this veto pen!"

He's also laid off thousands of state workers and required those who still have a job to contribute to their pensions.

Barney Bishop heads up Florida's leading business lobby. Half a year into the governor's term, he gives Scott high marks.

"He's going to do what he inherently thinks is his philosophy of life and what's gotten him to where he is now, which is making very tough decisions in a difficult set of circumstances, where you've got groups on both sides going at it."

Just days ago, the governor uncharacteristically bucked his tea party base on another planned train: sunrail.

It may be an indication he's moving toward the political middle.

"A lot of politicians, Republican and Democrat, tend to misread elections."

Democratic strategist Steve Schale says Scott could have his eye on polls indicating he's America's least-popular governor.

They're as strong a sign as ever the tea party wave of 2010 is beginning to ebb.

Schale says:

"The question for Governor Scott, who at this point has not shown a lot of proclivity towards moving towards the middle and being more inclusive is that, if he continues down this road he's going to find 2014 is a pretty tough road."

A road that could include a republican primary challenge - almost unheard of for an incumbent governor.

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  • by Fred on Jul 10, 2011 at 12:59 PM
    Keep up the good work Rick. Most are too selfish to admit that what your doing HAS TO BE DONE for everyone's sake!
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      by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2011 at 02:35 PM in reply to Fred
      You said it! He is doing what brave republican governors in Texas, Wisconsin, Ohio, and New Jersey are doing. State governments can't print their own money and issue IOUs.
  • by poor house Location: Florida on Jul 7, 2011 at 12:21 PM
    Tricky ricky scott and Obama bin laden, what a pair! Everyone knows two wrongs don't make a right!
  • by poor house Location: Florida on Jul 7, 2011 at 12:14 PM
    It is a shame that the 4th of July couldn't have represented our independence day from tricky ricky scott the governor from hades!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 6, 2011 at 02:18 PM
    I don't think any man who was federally proseuted for MCR fraud by are goverment walks away from that with warm fuzzy feeling towards the American Government. I more likely to think the opposite
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      by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2011 at 02:37 PM in reply to
      What do you mean " are government ..."?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 6, 2011 at 02:15 PM
    I don't think anyone that aligns himself for 20 plus years with a man that scream GD america, is anyone that want to Make our goverment better.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 6, 2011 at 02:10 PM
    Hussaine Obama and Rick Scott are one in the same. They are on the same side.
    • reply
      by GG on Jul 6, 2011 at 03:39 PM in reply to
      Amen! I thought I was the only one who could see that!
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2011 at 02:38 PM in reply to
      No, one is destroying the national economy and one is saving a state from the other!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 6, 2011 at 08:22 AM
    How does making producers, become non producers make things more productive?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 6, 2011 at 08:19 AM
    You want to reduce government cost. Reduce the salary of the lawmakers. You could have probaly cut their salaries in 1/2 and not done any layoffs and had the same savings with less people dependent on the goverment handouts(unemployment)
    • reply
      by Jake on Jul 6, 2011 at 10:04 AM in reply to
      I do not think you understand unemployment.
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Jul 6, 2011 at 02:09 PM in reply to Jake
        Why don't you explain it to me.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 6, 2011 at 08:05 AM
    How does making more people dependent on the government and the government's handout(Unemployment)put the breaks on big governement? How is that making goverment more effecient? How does more people taking from the government then giving to the government make the goverment more cost effecient?
  • by Obamanomics Location: Crawfordville on Jul 6, 2011 at 07:10 AM
    Government regulation and spending is an unsustainable economic model with respect to jobs. Scott is putting on the breaks of big government, and once the vehicle is slowed enough to change direction, can start moving towards creating jobs that are sustainable long term. This region is out of step with most of the rest of Florida, government job are created to support private jobs. If the private sector does not create enough revenue to support the govenment job, you downsize to compensate. Effeciency has never been the strong suit of govenment. Most businesses would never make it at the efficiency level that government work at.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2011 at 02:41 PM in reply to Obamanomics
      Only change: "brakes" instead of "breaks".
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