Scott starts transition, names advisory board
Gov.-elect Rick Scott launched his transition Thursday with a new website, a large "Help Wanted" ad and a nine-member advisory board. At a Fort Lauderdale news conference, Scott openly solicited applicants for state jobs and said he is looking for optimistic, hard-working people who believe in more private sector jobs and less government.
"We're rolling," Scott said. "We're going to get this started and we're going to keep this moving as fast as we can."
The web site is www.scotttransition.com.
With Lt. Gov.-elect Jennifer Carroll at his side, Scott took questions for about 15 minutes in a hotel meeting room. The leader of Scott's transition is Washington lawyer Enu Mainigi, and the executive director is Mary Anne Carter, a Tennessee lawyer who ran Conservatives for Patients Rights, the Scott political committee that opposed President Barack Obama's health care plan. The transition office will be at Scott's campaign headquarters on East Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.
The advisory committee members, as announced by Scott, are former Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings; U.S. Sen. George LeMieux; Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton; former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre; former Jeb Bush chief of staff Kathleen Shanahan; Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland; Rep. Mike Weinstein, R-Jacksonville; Sweetwater Mayor Manuel Marono; and Sally Bradshaw, a former Jeb Bush chief of staff.
Three advisory board members have close ties to Jeb Bush (Jennings, Shanahan and Bradshaw); Ferre is the only Democrat; and Dockery is an outspoken maverick who is a fierce critic of the Republican establishment in Tallahassee and the state Department of Transportation.
"It's all individuals who love Florida and what goes on in Florida," Scott said. "We're going to take care of their expertise and their commitment to our great state."