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Remembering this day in Rick Scott history



Florida Republicans are having a lot of fun pointing out the contradictions in Charlie Crist's record with a feature called "This Day in CRIST-ory," with a logo that resembles the History Channel. But this day, June 17, is historic for a very different reason.

It was on this day in 2010, three years ago, that Rick Scott walked into the state Division of Elections in Tallahassee, wrote a check and got his name on the Republican primary ballot for governor of Florida. It was also the first time Scott held a press conference, and his performance is memorable for a lot of reasons. The Buzz recently reviewed the videotape, courtesy of our media partners at BayNews 9.

Scott talked about the need to turn the state's economy around, create private sector jobs and "getting results by holding people accountable." After a brief statement and fielding a single question, he tried to get away, saying: "I've got to get to another meeting." 

But a cooler head prevailed. Press aide Jennifer Coxe Baker brought Scott out into the hallway where he answered questions for 10 minutes, an experience he summed up near the end by saying: "You guys have a lot of questions. This is hard!"

Under the hot TV lights, Scott was visibly perspiring as he fielded one question after another on topics that ranged from his personal finances to his fund-raising strategy to the BP oil spill to immigration.

"I think the Arizona law is a law that we ought to have in Florida," Scott said.

That never happened. But on this day in history, Scott began to change the course of history in Florida.

[Last modified: Monday, June 17, 2013 5:19pm]


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