Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics
Winner of the week: J.D. Alexander. It appears that Rick Scott wants to avoid crossing the powerful Lake Wales senator and budget chief more even than tea party Republicans. The governor, touting himself as a budget veto champ, spared the $35 million Alexander budgeted to expand USF in Lakeland.
Loser of the week: Rick Scott. The Quinnipiac Polling Institute last week found just 29 percent of Florida voters approve of the job Rick Scott is doing, the worst gubernatorial number of any of the 10 states it polls. The Democratic firm Public Policy Polling said last week Scott is tied with Ohio Gov. John Kasich as the least popular governor in the 30 states it surveys.
Bravo to politicians who don't stick their finger in the wind, Scott and his team apparently care about only a sliver of the electorate and are wary of facing anybody but true believers. Just as he unveiled his budget proposal at a tea party rally, he signed the budget at the conservative stronghold of the Villages while his staff ordered anyone suspected of skepticism ejected from the event.