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2036114 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2011-01-16 18:27:25.0 UTC 2011-01-16T13:27:25.000-05:00 content/tallahassee-reverend-governors-house published 2011-01-16 18:27:25.0 UTC 2011-01-16T13:27:25.000-05:00 drupal 104534 On this Sunday before MLK Day, Gov. Rick Scott attended services at the Flipper Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, located on the edge of FAMU in Tallahassee. Scott walked into the tiny chapel with his wife, Ann, just before the 11 a.m. services began and signed a few autographs before taking a third-row seat. As the (awesome) 17-member choir sang, Scott clapped and tapped his foot (he was wearing black cowboy boots with his suit). Rev. Oliver Simmons -- who told the 100 or so congregants that Jesus "ain't your dog but he's got your back" -- a few times addressed Scott from the pulpit, telling him leaders are always targets for critics. "Governor, I don't envy you one bit," he said. Rev. Simmons also said he saw a few church members sending texts, figuring they were telling friends, "The governor's in the house." And Simmons told Scott he's welcome to join the African-American church, noting "That would be a first." Simmons said he believes it's the first time the church's 80-plus-year history that a governor attended services there. "We're just blessed today," he said. After the services, Scott hung around for awhile, posing for pictures with church members. Mrs. Scott said she and the governor plan to visit different churches in Tallahassee and around the state. Janet Zink the-buzz-florida-politics Florida governor,Rick Scott Tallahassee reverend: The governor's in the house templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/the-buzz-florida-politics/2011/01/16/104534-tallahassee-reverend-governors-house BlogArticle On this Sunday before MLK Day, Gov. Rick Scott attended services at the Flipper Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, located on the edge of FAMU in Tallahassee. Scott walked into the tiny chapel with his wife, Ann, just before the 11 a.m. services began and signed a few autographs before taking a third-row seat. As the (awesome) 17-member choir sang, Scott clapped and tapped his foot (he was wearing black cowboy boots with his suit). Rev. Oliver Simmons -- who told the 100 or so congregants that Jesus "ain't your dog but he's got your back" -- a few times addressed Scott from the pulpit, telling him leaders are always targets for critics. "Governor, I don't envy you one bit," he said. Rev. Simmons also said he saw a few church members sending texts, figuring they were telling friends, "The governor's in the house."Florida governor,Rick ScottFlorida governor,Rick Scott 2273940 2016-04-20 12:23:15.0 UTC 4 Months Ago rick-scott-well-need-to-elect-another-great-governor the-buzz-florida-politics Rick Scott: 'We'll need to elect another great governor' BlogArticle 2280298 2016-06-04 15:47:20.0 UTC 3 Months Ago assessing-the-democratic-prospects-for-florida-governor the-buzz-florida-politics Assessing the Democratic prospects for Florida governor BlogArticle 2285930 2016-07-19 15:42:14.0 UTC 1 Month Ago floridas-2018-governors-race-in-full-bloom-at-rnc the-buzz-florida-politics Florida's 2018 governor's race in full bloom at RNC BlogArticle <p>On this Sunday before MLK Day, Gov. <strong>Rick Scott</strong> attended services at the Flipper Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, located on the edge of FAMU in Tallahassee. Scott walked into the tiny chapel with his wife, Ann, just before the 11 a.m. services began and signed a few autographs before taking a third-row seat. As the (awesome)&nbsp;17-member choir sang, Scott clapped and tapped his foot (he was wearing black cowboy boots with his suit). Rev. Oliver Simmons -- who told the 100 or so congregants that Jesus &quot;ain't your dog but he's got your back&quot; --&nbsp;a&nbsp;few&nbsp;times addressed Scott from the pulpit, telling him leaders are always targets for critics. &quot;Governor, I don't envy you one bit,&quot; he said. Rev.&nbsp;Simmons also said he saw a few church members sending texts, figuring they were telling friends, &quot;The governor's in the house.&quot;</p> <p>And Simmons told Scott he's welcome to join the&nbsp;African-American&nbsp;church, noting &quot;That would be a first.&quot; Simmons said he believes it's the first time the church's 80-plus-year history that a&nbsp;governor attended services there. &quot;We're just blessed today,&quot;&nbsp;he said.&nbsp;</p> <p>After the services, Scott hung around for awhile, posing for pictures with church members. Mrs. Scott said&nbsp;she and the governor plan&nbsp;to visit different churches in Tallahassee and around the state. &nbsp;</p>falseruntime2016-08-30 05:39:37