Boo-birds, supporters plan to greet Scott at Rays opener
Spurred by the boos Gov. Rick Scott received at recent Yankees spring training game, St. Petersburg blogger Peter Schorsch has organized an effort for fans to boo Scott when he tosses the first pitch at the Rays opener on Friday. Mark Ferrulo, who leaders the Progress Florida progressive activist group, is helping, too.
"Because the governor interacts so infrequently to the public, we had to bring the protest to the governor at the baseball game," said Schorsch, a political consultant and Florida press corps member. He called protesting "as American as apple piece."
The effort is in response to the "petulant, small minded, petty way he (Scott) has conducted himself."
Pinellas County Republicans have begun organizing a counter demonstration. They're asking supporters to meet at nearby Ferg's sports bar at 5 p.m., then greet the governor when he arrives at Tropicana Field. Anyone with tickets is supposed to supporter Scott at the game.
"As you know some people wanted to boo the governor and embarrass him when he’s down here. We’ve got a bunch of grass roots supporters who think the governor’s doing a good job," said J.J. Beyrouti, the county Republican chairman. "It started with the booing in the Yankees game. They need to show the man, the governor, that he does have some support and they agree with his agenda."