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Marco Rubio and David Rivera are making their respective debuts as two of the newest members in the House and Senate in Washington. How are they doing? What have they done for you lately? Well, today I thought we should play a little catch up, so here we go.

Tea Party? What Tea Party?

Starting his career in Washington, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-U-Kidding-Me-FL) made news right off the bat by giving a big brush-off to the Tea Party that were largely responsible for putting him there in the first place. When asked if he would now be joining the Tea Party Caucus, Rubio said “not so much.”

“Really what I think the strength of the tea party is that it comes from the grass-roots,” Rubio told a group of Florida reporters Wednesday in an interview in his temporary Senate office. “That it is not a political organization, it’s not something run by politicians or people seeking higher office, but rather it is a movement of every day citizens from all walks of life. That’s the strength of the tea party: that it’s not a political organization run by people out of Washington. My concern is a tea party caucus could intrude on that.”

So in other words, the Tea Baggers are a grass-roots movement to get candidates like Rubio elected, but they shouldn’t necessarily have a voice in policy making in Washington?

“Some activists have taken note of Rubio’s reluctance to join the caucus — which meets for the first time Thursday — and expressed concern; others have said he’ll be judged on how he votes.”

Just how much of an observation the Tea Party will have from their vantage point under his bus remains to be seen, but here’s a hint of things to come. One of his first announcements on Wed. was that he will co-sponsor his first bill, one which will repeal the health care law. So if the Tea Baggers really don’t want a “government takeover” of their health care, well then enjoy the symbolic gesture Rubio made yesterday. In his quest to go backwards, Rubio proves once again that he’s all about talking points and little substance.

“Thanks Mom!”

Meanwhile, Marco Rubio’s bud from South Florida, newly elected Rep. David Rivera (Re-Writing-Disclosure-Forms-FL) is in a bit of a pickle. He has begun his career in the House with lots of “splainin’ to do” over campaign donations, disclosures, “thank-you campaigns,” and hiding behind his mother and godmother’s skirts. It’s quite an involved little tale, so rather than try to bring you up to speed here, I’ll refer you to a couple of timeline summaries:

Investigators look into Rep. Rivera’s `thank you’ spending

Do The Right Thing-Step Aside

Meanwhile, new Republican House Speaker John Boehner doesn’t want so much to get involved. When asked about Rep. Rivera’s “problems” he basically washed his hands of it all.

“As I understand the allegations against Mr. Rivera, they don’t involve any of his congressional service,” Boehner said. “These were activities that took place before he was elected. And I think we’re waiting to see how this plays out.”

When asked similar questions, Marco Rubio said pretty much the same thing, in almost the same words. (Shocking, I know that Rubio would spew mere talking points from the Speaker!)

Rivera’s close friend, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, reacted similarly to Boehner: “I’m aware of the issue that’s out there but when something like that is happening, it’s always appropriate not to just comment on it and let it play itself through.”

So there you go. The month of January and the progress made by two of the newly elected members from the Republican Party of Florida. If you like corruption and going backwards in time, then they’re doing a bang up job, wouldn’t you say?

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It’s day two for Florida’s new Governor Rick Scott, and as the saying goes, sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

Well, make that a triple.

From the Gov.’s website:

From The Office Of Rick Scott

The website “media center:”

"Media Center" For Gov. Rick Scott 1-5-11

And finally if you’re looking for something else and click on “frequently requested records” under the “media center,” you won’t find “coming soon.”

Maybe coming, not so much?

"Frequently Requested Records" 1-5-11

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Gov. Rick Scott says “Hold me accountable.”

Count on it.

Excerpts from Scott’s prepared Inaugural speech:

Thank you!

Governor Crist, thank you for your graciousness.

Mr.President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Cabinet, Mr. Chief Justice and members of the Supreme Court.

Distinguished guests and my fellow Floridians.

We gather today to talk about Florida’s future.

To assess where we are, to define where we want to go, and to plan how to get there.

Clear goals and hard work can achieve amazing things.

Let’s begin by facing squarely the challenge of our time-a stalled economy.

This morning more than a million Floridians got out of bed and faced another day of unemployment.

For months they’ve searched for work.

They fill out applications.

They beg for interviews.
They face rejection after rejection.

For ALL the unemployed, life without a paycheck is a desperate daily scramble to provide the basics.

I’ve been a child in a home like that.
My father was often laid off…

My mother took in ironing just so we could have food on the table…

I have a very clear memory of their fear and uncertainty as they struggled to provide for five kids…

So, for me, job creation is a MISSION.
My personal memories fortify my commitment to this mission.

A lean and limited Government has a role to play in providing a safety net.

But prosperity comes from the private sector.

ONLY from the private sector.

The only path to better days is paved with new private sector jobs.

We have to remember that modern businesses can locate anywhere.
If the conditions Florida offers aren’t the best, businesses go elsewhere.

What does it take to create that favorable business climate?
Florida has to offer the best chance for financial success.

Not a guarantee just the best chance.

Three forces markedly reduce that chance for success, taxation, regulation, and litigation. Together those three form “The Axis of Unemployment”.

Left unchecked, they choke off productive activity.

Under my plan we’ll eliminate the business tax and reduce the property tax.

The State of Florida raises enough revenues to meet its needs.

It should focus on spending those revenues smarter, setting better priorities and demanding more accountability.

We’ll also re-examine every regulation to make sure its benefits outweigh its costs.

Today, I will sign an Executive Order creating a state office of Fiscal Accountability and Regulatory reform to review all proposed and existing regulations to determine their impact on job creation.

Every Floridian should have the right to access the court system for redress of harm.
But, we will not allow excessive lawsuits to strangle job creation.

And we WILL NOT ALLOW a small group of predatory lawyers to stalk the business community in search of deep pockets.

Private sector jobs grow in places where public sector spending is kept within bounds.

All of us who are lucky enough to have a job working for the people of Florida have a duty to watch over state spending with great vigilance.

Let’s make it easy to build and grow a business in Florida…
So that new enterprises will compete with each other for space.

Let’s tell the world, “If you can dream it, it’s EASY to make it HAPPEN in Florida”

Why NOT?

After all, we have always been the destination for dreamers.

The place where someone with a big new idea could give it a try.

Railroads into the wilderness, a magic kingdom, a trip to the moon, freedom from a foreign tyrant, better health, life without winter.

Large and small, dreams are the stuff that Florida is made of.

Floridians differ in their dreams for their children.
Every child is unique, and every child can learn.

We need an education system that offers the maximum amount of choice.
A system focused entirely on what’s best for individual student learning.

We can’t create a workforce for the future with an education model that’s stuck in the past.
To capture the world’s best jobs, we’ll need to offer the world’s best-educated workforce.

First, we’ll refuse to allow increased government intrusion in these areas.

We’ll put FLORIDIANS back in the driver’s seat with increased use of free markets.

Because when government does the buying, government chooses what services are available.

The truth is…he who pays the piper calls the tune.

We want EVERY Floridian to be in a position to call the tune.

We’ll also apply some of the key tools that private businesses use to create a culture of constant improvement.

We’ll measure everything…

We’ll implement changes based on what we learn from those measurements.

And, most importantly… We’ll hold everyone accountable.

No job – public or private —should be immune from accountability.

This is the time we can do great things together…

If we have the courage to act, our children and our grandchildren will someday thank us for it.

May God Bless the Great State of Florida.

Let’s get to work.

 

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Art From Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear, On Facebook

It’s been a much debated issue since it occurred at the National Mall in Washington D.C. in October. Before the controversy over media false equivalence (or not) that it caused, the burning question had been:

Was Sanity And/Or Fear INDEED Restored by Jon Stewart and/or Stephen Colbert at “The Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear?”

No one would argue that it was not a success, no one beyond FOX fear-mongering windbag Glenn Beck, or ANY fear-mongering windbag at FOX, for that matter. But as to the sanity or fear issue, who really knows?

One thing that is clear, however, it did restore one measurable thing, and for that reason, it could also casually be called this:

 

THE RALLY TO RESTORE AMTRAK TICKET REVENUES

Take a look at the Amtrak Performance Report from October and you’ll see that among other things, the Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert Rally did just that. Well, sort of.

From the Amtrak Report:

October’s strong performance was due in part to 1) a somewhat improved economic environment vs October FY10 allowing for the continuing recovery of business travel, especially along the Northeast Corridor; 2) the increased appeal and popularity of rail travel; 3) continued high gasoline prices; 4) effective recent advertising and marketing campaigns; 5) increased difficulties with air travel and growing consumer dissatisfaction with air service; and 6) the introduction of Wi-Fi service on Acela. Furthermore, the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” in Washington, DC on October 30th generated an estimated incremental 9,000 trips worth $700,000 in ticket revenues.

So argue all you want over sanity, fear, or even media false equivalence, knock yourself out.

Either way, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert gave a significant boost to the familiar phrase “All Aboard Amtrak!” in October.

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Pop quiz:

If you’ve just been elected bought an election as Governor of a state that has an unemployment rate of 12% and state revenues $3.5 billion less than last year’s $70 billion budget, what is the first thing you would do before being sworn into office?

A. Throw an Inaugural Party costing upwards of $3 Million (so far), or

B. Launch a tour in two twin-engine private jets around the state that leads to Disney World?

I’ll give you a minute……

OK, to be fair, this is a trick question. Because if you’re Rick Scott, the answer is: BOTH!

Also to be fair, it’s not like Scott doesn’t recognize the problem here, right? Right?

When asked about the state’s money problems, Scott had this to say:

But a relaxed Scott on Monday appeared to take even that in stride. “I wish we didn’t have so much of a deficit,” he told reporters when asked what has surprised him most since his election last month.

Yeah! I mean, who could have predicted THAT?

But enough of the negative Nellie-ness here, Scott was spending the day at the happiest place on earth after all!

“Who’s ready to create 700,000 jobs?” Scott said, echoing his campaign refrain. “Who’s ready to get rid of all regulations that are killing jobs in this state? Who’s willing to use accountability budgeting to look at every state agency? Who’s ready to get that done?”

Yes, all those pesky job-killing regulations are the problem. Now who wants to jump on a thrill ride that’s currently still regulated, huh?

Now, I can’t help but wonder if Scott may just have crossed paths with another Republican Governor while he was vacationing in Disney World? You know, the one who left his state of New Jersey as it was about to be inundated with a blizzard? Surely the Lt. Governor stepped in, right?

Wrong. She was also vacationing, in Mexico.

A funny thing is going on in New Jersey. The state’s response to the massive snowstorm is being overseen by Democratic state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, in the role of Acting Governor — because both Republican Gov. Chris Christie and his Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno are vacationing out of state at the same time.

Luckily for the state of New Jersey, there was a Democrat who could step in and take charge during the snowstorm there.

Sure wish we had one of those in Florida as well, since our Republican legislature is busy with gerrymandering tactics and ripping office doors down in the name of transparency while actually conducting meetings during football games in skyboxes with doors and away from those without in Tallahassee, and our new Governor was apparently unaware there was a hefty deficit problem until after the November election.

Yes, a Democrat to take charge in Florida would look real good right about now…

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So far this Governor-Elect Rick Scott’s Inauguration donors list:

Date Company Amount
11/18/10 Thomas Doughty $250.00
11/18/10 Margarita Nelson $50.00
11/19/10 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida $25,000.00
11/19/10 Michael Preston $100.00
11/21/10 Charlie Wingo $500.00
11/22/10 United States Sugar Corporation $25,000.00
11/22/10 FCCI Services, Inc. $10,000.00
11/22/10 Richard Beard $5,000.00
11/23/10 Diageo North America, Inc. (DIAGEO) $15,000.00
11/23/10 Health Management Associates (H.M.A.) $25,000.00
11/23/10 Brewton Plante, P.A. $25,000.00
11/23/10 Florida CUPAC $25,000.00
11/23/10 Thomas Petway, III $25,000.00
11/23/10 Preferred Care Partners $25,000.00
11/24/10 Francis Rooney $25,000.00
11/24/10 Liberty Partners $25,000.00
11/24/10 Duty Free Air and Ship $25,000.00
11/24/10 Wanek Trust of 2000 $25,000.00
11/24/10 Ned Lautenbach $25,000.00
11/24/10 Morgan & Morgan $25,000.00
11/24/10 United Automobile Insurance Co. $25,000.00
11/24/10 Henry & Suzanne Rodriguez $25,000.00
11/24/10 Dr. Gary Kompothecras $25,000.00
11/25/10 FL Optometrists Association* $25,000.00
11/25/10 Richard Ullman $25,000.00
11/25/10 Benny & Juliette Klepach $25,000.00
11/25/10 Wayne Rosen $20,000.00
11/25/10 Teisha Powell $100.00
11/29/10 Consensus Communication, Inc. $5,000.00
11/29/10 Marchena and Graham, PA $5,000.00
11/29/10 Robert Saltsman REV Trust $5,000.00
11/29/10 Broad and Cassel Attorneys At Law $5,000.00
11/29/10 Fowler White Boggs, PA $10,000.00
11/29/10 Thomas & Peggy Chandler $5,000.00
11/29/10 BHS (Palm Beach Credit Adjustor, Inc..) $10,000.00
11/29/10 Florida East Coast Industries, Inc. $25,000.00
11/29/10 Alfred & Beverly Austin $5,000.00
11/29/10 Advanced Innovative Medicine $10,000.00
11/29/10 Council for Senior Floridians $20,000.00
11/29/10 Sun Healthcare $5,000.00
11/29/10 Gary & Renee Morse $25,000.00
11/29/10 The Villages $25,000.00
11/29/10 Richard Corbett $25,000.00
11/29/10 Intervest Construction, Inc. $25,000.00
11/29/10 Palm Beach Kennel Club $5,000.00
11/29/10 Agro-Industrial Management $25,000.00
11/29/10 Florida Crystals Corporation $25,000.00
11/29/10 Florida Pioneer Investments $25,000.00
11/29/10 Sun Corn, Inc. $25,000.00
11/29/10 Evelyn Treworgy $5,000.00
11/29/10 Fuentes Consulting Group $5,000.00
11/29/10 James Heistand $12,500.00
11/29/10 James Heavener $25,000.00
11/29/10 Dr. Peter Wish $10,000.00
11/30/10 TECO Energy, Inc. $25,000.00
11/30/10 Terrence Flynn $10,000.00
11/30/10 Universal City Development Partners, LTD $25,000.00
12/1/10 Wayne Huizenga $25,000.00
12/1/10 Principal Investment Company $25,000.00
12/1/10 Robert & Karen Scott $10,000.00
12/1/10 Green Solar Transportation, LLC. $25,000.00
12/1/10 Stephen Liner $500.00
12/2/10 Peace River Citrus Products, Inc. $10,000.00
12/2/10 Eola Capital LLC $12,500.00
12/3/10 GTECH $25,000.00
12/3/10 Aetna $10,000.00
12/3/10 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $25,000.00
12/3/10 ABC Liquors, Inc. $5,000.00
12/3/10 Agua Dulce Investments, LLC $5,000.00
12/3/10 Huizenga Holdings, Inc. $25,000.00
12/5/10 Michael Campbell $250.00
12/6/10 Robert & Laurel Grammig $5,000.00
12/6/10 IMPACT $25,000.00
12/6/10 Stephen Mitchell $5,000.00
12/6/10 Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC $10,000.00
12/6/10 Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC $15,000.00
12/6/10 Florida Phosphate CCE $25,000.00
12/7/10 Holland & Knight $25,000.00
12/7/10 FL Concrete & Product Association $25,000.00
12/7/10 James Seneff $25,000.00
12/7/10 JAKS Trust, LLC $5,000.00
12/7/10 Millennium Laboratories, Inc. $5,000.00
12/8/10 Progress Energy $25,000.00
12/8/10 Prepared Holdings, LLC $2,500.00
12/8/10 Employers EIG Services $1,000.00
12/8/10 PCI Gaming Authority $25,000.00
12/8/10 GMRI, Inc. $10,000.00
12/8/10 Global Tel Link (GTL) $15,000.00
12/8/10 Pitney Bowes, Inc. $25,000.00
12/8/10 Tripp Scott $25,000.00
12/9/10 Florida RV Trade Association (FRVPC) $10,000.00
12/9/10 Gulfstream Park Racing Association, Inc. $10,000.00
12/9/10 Alaska Hotel Properties, LLC $20,000.00
12/9/10 Holland America Line Paymaster Corporation $20,000.00
12/9/10 Harrison Rivard Chartered $25,000.00
12/9/10 Grant Medical Transportation, Inc. $5,000.00
12/9/10 Albert & Pauline Jorge $5,000.00
12/9/10 Don Phillips $15,000.00
12/9/10 Mabry Carlton Ranch, Inc. $10,000.00
12/9/10 Neal Communities Land Development, LLC $25,000.00
12/9/10 CSMB Condominium, LLC $25,000.00
12/9/10 Arthur & Sari Agatston $5,000.00
12/9/10 Donald DeFosset $5,000.00
12/9/10 JM Family Enterprises, Inc. $15,000.00
12/9/10 Carlton Fields $15,000.00
12/9/10 Ronald Ciaravella $5,000.00
12/9/10 Harold Libby $5,000.00
12/9/10 Benderson Management Services, LLC $5,000.00
12/9/10 Florida Transportation Builders’ Association, Inc. $25,000.00
12/9/10 Robert & Karen Stork $25,000.00
12/9/10 Thomas J. Kukk Trust $5,000.00
12/9/10 Dr. Marc Inglese $100.00
12/10/10 John Browning Jr. $25,000.00
12/10/10 Lee & Deborah Arnold $10,000.00
12/10/10 Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts $2,000.00
12/10/10 Delaware North Companies, Inc. $2,000.00
12/10/10 Finger Lakes Racing Assn. $2,000.00
12/10/10 DNC Travel Hospitality Services, Inc. $2,000.00
12/10/10 Delaware North Companies Sport Service, Inc. $2,000.00
12/10/10 Heffley & Associates $10,000.00
12/10/10 Hutson Companies, L.L.C. $12,500.00
12/10/10 FMA Services, Inc. $25,000.00
12/10/10 A. Duda & Sons, Inc. $10,000.00
12/10/10 The Geo Group, Inc. $25,000.00
12/10/10 Vertical Integration, Inc. $5,000.00
12/10/10 Sunshine Gasoline Distributors, Inc. $5,000.00
12/10/10 Blake Casper $10,000.00
12/10/10 AT&T Services, Inc. $25,000.00
12/10/10 WRH Realty Services, Inc. $6,000.00
12/10/10 Radiology Imaging Associates, PA $10,000.00
12/10/10 Vestcor Properties $6,500.00
12/12/10 Rod Jurado $100.00
12/13/10 Sprint Nextel, Inc* $25,000.00
12/13/10 William Edwards Revocable Trust $7,500.00
12/13/10 Procacci Development Corporation $5,000.00
12/13/10 Focus Holdings, LLC $1,000.00
12/13/10 Guarantee Insurance Company $10,000.00
12/13/10 Florida Peninsula Insurance Co. $500.00
12/13/10 Windhaven Insurance Company $2,000.00
12/13/10 Hoe Brown $5,000.00
12/13/10 21st Century Oncology, LLC $25,000.00
12/14/10 Ann Gordon $100.00
12/13/10 AstraZeneca $10,000.00
12/13/10 Florida Dental Hygienists $1,000.00
12/13/10 Southern Oak Management $2,500.00
12/14/10 Risk Management Associates, Inc. $25,000.00
12/14/10 Hartman & Tyner, Inc. $25,000.00
12/14/10 Florida Emergency Physicians, Inc. $10,000.00
12/15/10 Frederick Simms $100.00
12/15/10 William Bindley $10,000.00
12/15/10 Mears Destination Services, Inc. $5,000.00
12/15/10 Florida Justice Reform Institute $25,000.00
12/15/10 Fort Knox Center $10,000.00
12/15/10 Vitaver & Associates, Inc. $5,000.00
12/15/10 Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. $25,000.00
12/15/10 Thomas Everist, Jr. $5,000.00
12/15/10 Mike & Nancy Ford $1,000.00
12/16/10 Constance Hofkin $50.00
12/16/10 Larry Tycer $250.00
12/16/10 Jason & Lois ValaVanis $100.00
12/16/10 AvMed, Inc. $10,000.00
12/16/10 Medco Health Solutions, Inc. $5,500.00
12/16/10 Allied Veterans Management Group, Inc.* $25,000.00
12/16/10 Gunster Yoakley & Stewart P.A. $5,000.00
12/16/10 Castillo Grand, LLC $5,000.00
12/16/10 DSM.Net, Inc. $5,000.00
12/16/10 Management & Training Corporation $5,000.00
12/16/10 PB Americas, Inc. $10,000.00
12/17/10 Miles & Parker Collier $25,000.00
12/17/10 Florida Jobs PAC, CCE $25,000.00
12/17/10 Settlement Funding, LLC $25,000.00
12/17/10 Beer Distributor’s Committee for Good Government $5,000.00
12/17/10 Leslie Pantin $500.00
12/18/10 Michael Palecki $250.00
12/20/10 John Blow $100.00
12/20/10 John Kelly $10,000.00
12/20/10 Keiser University $10,000.00
12/20/10 Realtors Political Action Committee Florida $25,000.00
12/20/10 Office Depot $25,000.00
12/20/10 Seminole Tribe of Florida $25,000.00
12/20/10 Centene Management Company, LLC $10,000.00
12/20/10 Gary R. Chartrand TTEE, Gary Chartrand Trust $10,000.00
12/20/10 Matrix Insurance Consulting, LLC $1,500.00
12/20/10 Rein Luning $500.00
12/20/10 The Goldwater Taplin Group, Inc. $3,000.00
12/20/10 GL Homes $10,000.00
12/20/10 Florida Family Insurance $5,000.00
12/20/10 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. $10,000.00
12/20/10 Wellcare of Florida, Inc. $10,000.00
12/20/10 Walpole, Inc. $5,000.00
12/20/10 Hamilton Risk Management $1,000.00
12/20/10 Vernis & Bowling of Miami, P.A. $1,500.00
12/20/10 American Traditions Insurance Co. $5,000.00
12/20/10 Pfizer Inc. $10,000.00
*In-kind contribution.
UPDATED AS OF 12-28 

12/20/10

Foley & Lardner, LLP

$25,000.00

12/21/10

Altria Client Services, Inc.

$25,000.00

12/21/10

Florida Realtors

$25,000.00

12/21/10

Expedia, Inc.

$5,000.00

12/21/10

Dosal Tobacco Corporation

$10,000.00

12/21/10

Joseph Dougher

$1,000.00

12/21/10

Verizon

$10,000.00

12/21/10

Ellis, Ged & Bodden, P.A.

$5,000.00

12/21/10

Moss Feaster Funeral Home and Crema

$5,000.00

12/21/10

CCA of Tennessee, LLC

$5,000.00

12/22/10

Preferred Medical Plan

$10,000.00

12/22/10

Associated Industries of FL Service Corp.

$5,000.00

12/22/10

Associated Industries of FL Service Corp.

$5,000.00

12/22/10

Florida Bankers Association

$10,000.00

12/22/10

Florida MEP

$5,000.00

12/22/10

Bright House Networks LLC

$25,000.00

12/22/10

The St. Joe Company

$25,000.00

12/22/10

MCNA Dental Plans

$10,000.00

12/27/10

USAA

$25,000.00

12/27/10

South Florida Racing Association, LLC

$5,000.00

12/27/10

Svetlana Korotkevich

$100.00

12/27/10

Akerman Senterfitt

$10,000.00

12/27/10

Las Vegas Sands Corp

$25,000.00

12/27/10

Florida Cable Telecommunications Association, Inc.

$5,000.00

12/27/10

Rosemary Keegan

$250.00

12/27/10

Tampa Bay Downs

$5,000.00

12/27/10

Maloof Enterprises, LLC

$10,000.00

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He hasn’t even been sworn in yet, and already Rick Scott’s administration is stalled. The so-called “outsider” with a huge transition team made up of lobbyists and “insiders” who aren’t even operating in Tallahassee, but far from the eyes of voters and the press has run into a major snag.

Ironically Scott, who goes by the motto “Let’s Get To Work” is having trouble finding anyone who will.

Lacking a single hire to staff Florida’s government, incoming Gov. Rick Scott on Friday asked most of Gov. Charlie Crist’s administration to rescind their resignations and stay on board for up to three months.

The about-face leaves in place agency heads and mid-level staffers from an administration Scott repeatedly criticized from the campaign trail as unresponsive to private business and ill-equipped to foster job growth. Scott’s transition team initially asked for hundreds of resignations, more than Crist did when he succeeded former Gov. Jeb Bush.

And it’s the first public indication from Scott’s secretive team of a transition clogged under the leadership of Enu Mainigi, his personal attorney and most important hire to date.

Ouch. Add to that, if Mainigi is his best and brightest, well that’s not looking good either. She doesn’t exactly sound like someone who inspires confidence.

She acknowledges Scott’s administration is well behind the pace set by the previous two governors. She has heard complaints that she’s the de facto gatekeeper to Scott and that “we don’t know what we don’t know.”

“Maybe that’s true,” Mainigi said. “Maybe there are things that we don’t know. We’ll learn them as we need to learn them.”

Call me crazy, but I think running a state the size of Florida is not the venue for on the job training.

Mainigi is Scott’s personal attorney, a family friend and the one who insisted Scott not release the infamous deposition in the civil suit against the company Scott founded. She’s rumored to have had clashes with and been criticized by others in the transition team, and reasons that operating away from the Capitol allows her to avoid distractions brought on by those rumors. Among the rumors is that others in the transition team are afraid of her.

The nationwide search for job candidates met with little success, leading to the problems with those who Scott had already asked to resign.

With the holidays approaching, Scott’s team started sending letters Friday evening to Crist’s administration letting them know if they would be retained for three months or if their resignations had been accepted.

Now there’s an awkward way of “doing business.” Employee morale at Scott’s companies must be something. Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to be asked to crawl back when summoned like that?

As for that slow hiring process:

Even Scott’s supporters worry he’ll be hurt by the slow pace.

“We’re dealing with an individual who has very little government experience, state government experience or relationships with people throughout state government,” said Dominic Calabro, head of Florida TaxWatch, a business-backed nonprofit. “You can consider this good and bad.”

That sure sounds familiar. I believe many said that about Scott during the campaign. Who could have possibly predicted….? Also, where is the “good” in that exactly?

Mainigi said Floridians care about Scott’s agenda, not the date his administration is put into place. “Four months from now, five months from now, no one is going to remember,” she said. “No one is going to care.

Don’t count on it. Most Floridians don’t even know what Scott’s agenda IS since he only discusses it behind closed doors with business members and no press. But if his agenda is anything like what we hear from the little bits leaking out here and there, Floridians are going to care a lot, and they’re not going to like it.

In the meantime, he and his team could be spending a little less time and a little less of those millions on Scott’s upcoming “coronation” and more time figuring out how to hire people who know what they’re doing. Then they need to figure out how to run the state.

Florida is already in dire straights, and it’s going to take a lot more than photo ops from the road, video crews filming Scott’s “around the state tour” and slogans to fix it.

“Let’s Get To Work” as messaging only isn’t going to do it.

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