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It's a quiet Fourth for 'Grandpa' Scott, then some campaigning

Gov. Rick Scott headed to his hometown of Naples for some down time Tuesday. Aides said Scott planned no public events for the rest of the week, making this a particularly quiet time for a chief executive who usually keeps a hectic work schedule.

But Scott has other things on his mind at the moment. Both of his daughters, Allison and Jordan, are pregnant, and both are scheduled to give birth in August.

Both also are expecting boys, which will give "Grandpa" three grandsons along with Auguste, born last year.

After a quiet Fourth, Scott plans to hit the road Sunday. He'll head to Pensacola as featured speaker at the annual Escambia County Lincoln Day Dinner celebration at the Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel. Tickets are $55 each, and local GOP chairwoman Susan Moore is hoping for a sellout.

How have Scott's fortunes changed? Pensacola would be a pretty good place to answer that question. Two years ago when he spoke at the same event, Scott was greeted by a picket line and catcalls from dozens of local teachers protesting his policies. One held a sign reading "F(D)CAT," for "Florida doesn't care about teachers." That was before Scott championed a $2,500 teacher pay raise.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 3:20pm]


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