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Rick Scott's smart trip to Eustis



Steve Bousquet's column on Rick Scott's unusual budget roll out with tea partiers at a rural Baptist church: He deserves credit for taking such a dense, policy-laden action directly to his constituents, rather than simply talking to the wonks in the state Capitol.

"The goal was to continue to get out," Scott said as he left the church. "That's really the key — just talking to people."

It turns out that for Scott, Eustis was an act of political necessity.

Tea partiers' support was instrumental in his decisive Republican primary victory over Bill McCollum in August that propelled him to power, but the politically inexperienced governor largely neglected them during his two-month transition, and they didn't like it ...

[Last modified: Saturday, February 12, 2011 12:26pm]


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