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Adam Hollingsworth, gov's newest chief of staff, faced tough tests in first month



Hollingsworth_233652aFor the third time since taking office, Gov. Rick Scott has a new chief of staff to help shape his agenda, steer him through political minefields and bolster his shaky standing with Floridians.

Adam Hollingsworth, 43, is a battle-tested former chief of staff to a Jacksonville mayor, a communications specialist and former executive at CSX Corp. who already has faced several tough tests since taking over July 6.

Embarrassing news reports over school grades, the lieutenant governor and a botched open government website threatened to deepen the governor's already-low approval ratings. In each instance, Hollingsworth worked behind the scenes to contain the damage by reversing course, with Scott's consent.

"He brings a clarity of purpose," said former Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton, who hired Hollingsworth and promoted him to chief of staff. "Someone has got to be the bad guy. He's not afraid to make the hard calls."

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[Last modified: Sunday, August 5, 2012 8:32am]


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