Great Scott! Governor's daughter seeks clients using family name
|Allison Guimard, left, watches election night results with her father, Rick Scott; mother, Ann Scott; and sister Jordan Kandah. (Getty Images)|
Harris Media, the Texas-based media company that coordinated Rick Scott's online communications in his campaign for governor, announced in January that it had opened a Tallahassee office and hired his daughter, Allison Guimard, as vice president of business development and marketing.
Guimard is trying to drum up clients and she's using her maiden name. In a voice mail message obtained by the Times/Herald, Guimard twice identifies herself as "Allison Scott" and mentions that "we just did Gov. Scott's campaign." She does not identify herself as the governor's oldest daughter. Listen to the slightly edited message here.
Guimard lists her married name on her voter registration card, the company's press release and the voicemail message on her own mobile phone. She also used her married name throughout the campaign, when she was constantly at her father's side, often with her husband Pierre.
Guimard did not return a phone call seeking comment about why she was using her maiden name. Instead, our call was returned by the governor's office. Chief of staff Steve MacNamara offered this statement: "The governor considers his daughter's profession a personal and private matter, because she does not solicit or take business from any state government clients."
-Steve Bousquet and Michael C. Bender