Gov. Rick Scott Looking Towards Re-Election

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- May 20, 2012

Republican Gov. Rick Scott is already getting ready for the 2014 election. So are the Democrats who hope to challenge him.

The state Republican Party is buying television ads to promote Scott's policy successes in hopes of reversing voters' negative impressions. The governor and party are also raising money for his re-election.

But Democrats see 2014 as an opportunity after losing the last four governor's races.

State Sen. Nan Rich has already said she'll seek the Democratic nomination. Former state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink is considering a run.

And rumors swirl about former Gov. Charlie Crist. He's now an independent after leaving the Republican Party. Some are pushing him to challenge Scott as a Democrat. Other names mentioned are former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.


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  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2012 at 07:19 AM
    In your own words please explain his or not his part in the US histories largest medicaid fraud case. You trust him? Then ask yourself, you find out the bank you use is funneling money from your bank account, would you keep doing business with them, would you trust them? It's all fraud. This is someone that has intentionally deceived people for personal gain that's what he did and still does. How can a man that was involved in a crime like that be elected as a state official? And before you throw Obama into the pot he has NOTHING to do with this article so don't try to pass buck. On another note, don't assume and accuse me of being a liberal I'm just someone that is concerned for the well being of our state and wants answers and accountability.
  • by Anonymous Location: Talli on May 22, 2012 at 02:07 PM
    Honestly 62nitro, are you on drugs. I don't know of any private sector employee that would accept the pay that a State Employee makes. How would you like to never get a raise, a thank you for the job that you do. And by the way, I weigh 120 lbs. WET.....Please let me state one thing, There are State Employees that do make good money to do nothing, but as I said they are State Employees, not workers...
  • by Justasking on May 22, 2012 at 01:49 PM
    Off topic...sorta. Why in the world does this man have to go to Spain and bring along 70 people? Let me guess, they are all flying, eating, stayin in a 5 star hotel for free......wish I could go. He has traveled to Colombia, Isreal and Brazil for what reason, don't see any new jobs. Oh and what about his "travel regulations" why did he approve Shari Kerrigan to travel to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival? Explain please Scott supporters.
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      by Anonymous on May 23, 2012 at 07:04 AM in reply to Justasking
      Maybe he uses the same travel agent as Michele Obama?
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        by Anonymous on May 23, 2012 at 09:46 AM in reply to
        Or Laura Bush when she went to Paris and China, Jacqueline Kennedy we sh went to India, Nancy Reagan to Europe. I could go on and on so it's nothing new. And again, this is about Rick Scott not Obama or anyone else.
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          by Anonymous on May 23, 2012 at 03:17 PM in reply to
          Please recalibrate your wry humor meter. It is not operating at optimum efficiency.
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          by Anonymous on May 23, 2012 at 05:54 PM in reply to
          Eh, I think that was the point he/she was making.
  • by Native Sun Location: Over Round Home on May 22, 2012 at 09:12 AM
    Too funny "Scott you" (you know like "Got You" on April Fools Day) our gov expecting he and the republican super majority in Tallahassee re-elected. BaHaHa, I am so laughing, all that failure to perform duties without special sessions and lawyer fees added to mismanagement of public funding (check out pre paid medicaid vendors five counties away from clients receiving payment without ever seeing clients) and on and on and so and so until November when all is corrected. This entire group is too much crazy train and gravy train. Toll roads and vetoes and funding for jobs refused, Really? Vote'em out vote'em all out.
  • by Neo on May 22, 2012 at 05:43 AM
    Calm down folks! There's a meteor headed this way and everything else is a moot point.
  • by Anonymous on May 21, 2012 at 10:07 AM
    You locals are like the union thugs who are trying to steal the Governor's office in Wisconsin because Scott Walker is doing a great job. That recal is going into the tank and Governor Scott Walker is going to win big time. There are 67 counties in Florida and most people in our state do not worship bloated state bureaucracies.
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      by whatthewhat? on May 21, 2012 at 11:08 AM in reply to
      It is not the State that is the bloated, expensive bureaucracy. If you want to see that, take a look closer to home--like your local government.
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      by Anon on May 21, 2012 at 11:10 AM in reply to
      Let me buy you a one-way ticket so you can move there.
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      by USF 83 on May 21, 2012 at 12:57 PM in reply to
      Right, we don’t need those state workers, we can rely on the individual elected governments in those 67 counties to decide the fate of state resources for all of us, like they would, oh, and the inspections of septic systems, again, we can rely on the local elected governments, that spend more time at their meeting discussing development, than maintenance of the environment. On the west coast of this country, a state is hard pressed to overcome an epidemic due to cuts in the health department, but we don’t need that in this state, we can rely on the local elected government of having at least one member that knows something about health.
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        by Anonymous on May 22, 2012 at 04:53 AM in reply to USF 83
        We have a hospital corporation CEO as Governor and you don't trust him. The point is, the majority of the state does not worship the government offices in Tallahassee. Governor Scott is doing a great job.
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          by Why then on May 23, 2012 at 07:17 AM in reply to
          In your own words please explain his or not his part in the US histories largest medicaid fraud case. You trust him? Then ask yourself, you find out the bank you use is funneling money from your bank account, would you keep doing business with them, would you trust them? It's all fraud. This is someone that has intentionally deceived people for personal gain that's what he did and still does. How can a man that was involved in a crime like that be elected as a state official? And before you throw Obama into the pot he has NOTHING to do with this article so don't try to pass buck. On another note, don't assume and accuse me of being a liberal I'm just someone that is concerned for the well being of our state and wants answers and accountability.
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      by 62nitro on May 21, 2012 at 01:00 PM in reply to
      Bravo!
  • by Pecan Tan Location: Woodville on May 21, 2012 at 09:27 AM
    Are you serious????????? Get rid of this leach.....
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      by Anonymous on May 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM in reply to Pecan Tan
      BILL MONTFORD FOR GOVERNOR!!!!!!
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        by Anonymous on May 21, 2012 at 04:55 PM in reply to
        I've been a Republican for over half a century, and from what I've seen and heard from Bill Montford, I'd probably vote for him.
  • by Anonymous on May 21, 2012 at 09:24 AM
    Bill Montford for GOVERNOR!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Jasper on May 21, 2012 at 05:34 AM
    GET RID OF RICK SCOTT
  • by Rosie Location: New Jersey on May 21, 2012 at 04:19 AM
    Many people do not understand what is happening. When the state jobs are eliminated, then the money paid to companies outside the govenrment now has your money and can do what they want with it. At leat with state employees, there are rules in place. Think about this when the small businessess are no longer available and all your money is being shipped overseas to support companies in riotous areas. When you fire a person, the person is allowed to get unemployment (at least 60%) of their salary without have to worry about getting up early to go work. Take a look at the amount of money that has been spent on defending laws that Scott knew would be challenged. Ask yourself this question: How long was Rick Scott a resident of Florida before running for governor? Then you will know the motive for the run. they think people in Florida are not smart enough to play the game.
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      by Nice Try on May 21, 2012 at 06:17 AM in reply to Rosie
      Nice try Rosie. And there is a good chance anyone with up to a fifth grade education will buy it.
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        by Anonymous on May 21, 2012 at 04:16 PM in reply to Nice Try
        Rosie is right and I bet I have more education than you do.
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