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Rick Scott courting Democratic fundraisers



The closer we get to election day, the more Rick Scott seems to mimic Charlie Crist, his potential Democratic challenger.

We’ve already seen Gov. Scott tear a page from Crist’s playbook by courting teachers and calling for across-the-board pay increases. We’ve seen him strike a newly pro-consumer, populist tone on issues including expanding Medicare to curbing Citizens Property Insurance rate increases.

Now we learn that he’s embracing Crist’s penchant for sending all sorts of notes to people he comes across. Some of Florida’s top Democratic fundraisers recently have received, hand-written notes from Scott.

“Let me know if there’s anything I should be working on,” Scott wrote.

It’s a nice touch, and a bit more personal than the form letters Scott (his office, anyway) sends to countless Floridians mentioned in news accounts for assorted honors large and small.

“Congratulations on being named one of Tallahassee’s 25 Women You Need to Know for 2013. Thanks you for all you are doing to make our state the greatest place to live, work, and play. Your efforts are helping move our state in the right direction,” he wrote one constituent recently.

But it’s unlikely he earned her vote. She is Allison Tant, chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party, and her efforts these days are mainly aimed at making Scott a one-term governor.

[Last modified: Friday, April 12, 2013 5:00pm]


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