Politifact: Amid fuzzy priorities, Gov. Scott has kept 35% of campaign promises
Politically unknown in 2010, millionaire businessman Rick Scott needed an opening against the GOP establishment's first choice for governor. He found one in Attorney General Bill McCollum's waffling on a controversial Arizona immigration law popular among conservatives.
The law made "common sense" to Scott, who poured part of his fortune into a television campaign promising to bring it to Florida.
Scott didn't stop there, rounding out his jobs-centered message with pledges to ban embryonic stem cell research and safely expand offshore drilling. Where McCollum veered middle, Scott pulled right.
Flash forward. As Scott prepares for his second run for governor, pointed talk about immigration, oil drilling and other controversial conservative issues is gone — replaced by promises of more public education funding, tax cuts for businesses and families, and back-slapping over the likelihood of record tax collections.