Does Rick Scott control the weather?
Dozens of giddy Republicans waited for a good half hour in a steady drizzle and occasional downpour for Rick Scott to arrive at Bel Mar Presbyterian Church in South Tampa this afternoon. Lo and behold, when the candidate for governor stepped out of an SUV, the rain stopped. "He's the man. You've got to go shake his hand," Lynette Peel, 72, told her friend June Norris. Norris made her way through the crowd to do just that. "I got to tell him that my niece registered to vote because of him," said an excited Norris, adding that her 46-year-old niece had never before voted. "He's going to save Florida," she said. Scott said he's optimistic about his chances for election, "But the key is getting the vote out." Among those on hand to greet Scott: Pam Bondi, candidate for attorney general; County Commission candidates Mark Sharpe and Sandy Murman; and Hillsborough County Republican Party chairwoman Deborah Cox-Roush.