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Florida First Lady Ann Scott is finding her voice



a4s_annscott011313_255245c.jpegAnn Scott stepped up to the microphone in a tangerine dress, her blonde hair curled in at her shoulders, flags of her country and state behind her.

Gov. Rick Scott's wife, 60, petite and put-together, looked the part of Florida's first lady.

Was she ready to act it?

Nearly a year and a half after her husband was elected, Ann was finally about to give her first solo news conference. She needed to say a few words at Tallahassee's largest hospital about a campaign she championed to distribute baby journals to new moms.

A month earlier, she had declined an interview with the Tampa Bay Times through her aide, who said she was flattered but "notwithstanding her husband's election to statewide office, she wants to try to maintain as private a life as she can."

Now she was standing in front of people with cameras and questions. It was everything she begged her husband not to make her do.

Ann wanted her husband to be governor. But she wasn't at all sure she wanted to be first lady.

Story by Katie Sanders here. Photo by Joseph Garnett Jr., Times staff.

[Last modified: Saturday, January 12, 2013 9:07pm]


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