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Updated Ghost story: "We've traced the robo call -It's Rick Scott! HE'S INSIDE THE HOUSE!!!!!!"

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The calls have been coming most every week, the same amiable voice on the other side of the line."Hi this is Gov. Rick Scott. I wanted to personally call and share some very encouraging news about our efforts to get Florida back to work. ... Unemployment is down for five straight months, bucking the national trend."

On Friday, Scott's recorded voice told an undisclosed number of Floridians how he's cutting property taxes, a reference to his cutting back water management districts. Before that it was about fighting drug abuse and vetoing "wasteful special interest projects" by fellow Republican legislators.

Political robocalls are nothing new in the final weeks of a campaign season, but for the first time anyone can recall Scott has the state GOP paying for regular recorded calls touting his day-to-day accomplishments. It's part of his continuing effort to bypass the traditional media and communicate directly with voters.

"The benefit is we get our message out," Scott explained Tuesday, while in Washington. "It allows us to tell people what we're doing. Part of my job is let people know what I'm doing all the time."

The personal touch has its appeal. On the other hand, a lot of Floridians don't exactly relish unsolicited robocalls. "We are all used to getting robocalls during campaign season, but to continue to get them AFTER the election is unprecedented and extremely disturbing! ... Funny how a guy that preaches limiting government intrusion in our private lives is DOING JUST THAT with this harassing robo-phone campaign,'' e-mailed Republican Steve Allbitron of Palm Harbor.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 7:27pm]

    

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