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'Big week' as Gov. Rick Scott revs up campaign machine

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January

By his own account, it has been a great week for Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

After months without a second-in-command, he announced a pick who was well received, and on Friday he unveiled his re-election team. He's criss-crossed the state to tout populist initiatives, like a proposed 10-day, back-to-school sales tax holiday. This weekend, Scott and his campaign committee are expected to rake in the cash through a series of fundraisers headlined by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Like other incumbent governors before him, Scott is finding that you don't need a formal launch to begin revving up the campaign machine.

"This has been a big week," Scott told the audience at the Florida Chamber of Commerce's annual insurance summit Friday. "On Tuesday, I announced that we are going to be able to put more money into (the Department of Children and Families) to hire more investigators and also got to announce the next lieutenant governor of Florida, Carlos Lopez-Cantera. He's going to do a great job."

Republican officials say Scott will have the most expansive campaign in Florida history. He has raised more than $28 million through his "Let's Get to Work" political committee.]

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[Last modified: Monday, January 20, 2014 7:57am]

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