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Scott dines with seven lawmakers

12

January

Gov. Rick Scott invited to the Governor's Mansion tonight seven lawmakers who were supportive of his primary campaign when most of the Republican establishment was backing then-Attorney General Bill McCollum.

The dinner wasn't on Scott's public schedule. His communications director, Brian Burgess, said the dinner was added after Scott finished his tour of the state Emergency Operation Center early and that it was supposed to be a social event where no legislation was discussed. But guess what lawmakers talk about when they get together...

Some notes from the pool report...

Paula Dockery, Brad Drake, Rich Glorioso, Mike Weinstein, Rachel Burgin, Matt Gaetz and Jimmy Patronis were there. Mrs. Scott and daughter Allison were at opposite ends of the table, Scott in the middle. The big dining room. Candle light and gardenias on the table, chandelier lit up

Dockery talked about outlawing texting while driving, Glorioso disagreed with her. Gaetz and Patronis told Scott the Panhandle has a lot of opportunities for ports development, cruise ships and airport (Panama City) shipping. Patronis said Port St. Joe wants a big biomass facility, which was rejected by Liberty County.

Scott was noncommital except to tell everybody to get in touch with him with names of any executive contacts he can call for them.

Gaetz asked if House member scan use any of their "bill slots" to help him. Jon Costello said they're working with OPB and will have eight or 10 stand-alone bills to propose, including pension reforms and agency mergers. They were not specific about which agencies.

Promptly at 9, Glorioso said thanks and everybody took the hint. Gone by 9:15.

On the way out, I asked Scott if he was going to support anyone for RPOF chairman and he said no. He said he'll leave it to the REC on Saturday.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 11:19pm]

    

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