Only weeks into his term, Gov. Scott's 'real' agenda raising questions
Wake up and good morning. My gosh. Rick Scott's been Florida's governor for a matter of weeks and he's well on his way to garnering more hype and criticism than the last three governors combined. To me, his unwillingness to analyze facts about high speed rail is not only illogical but it is insulting to legitimate business leaders across Florida who, at the least, expect an elected official to impartially consider information (be they revised rail project details or private sector bids).
Alas, Scott (who spent the weekend maximizing his TV time but saying little) shows early signs of positioning himself as a major critic of Obama than as a working governor of a state struggling to emerge from a near-Depression. The media's all over the place trying to figure out Who Is This Guy? A sampler:
* Florida Gov. Rick Scott's amazing reality distortion field is the headline of Salon blogger Andrew Leonard's look at Scott. Read it here.
* Writes Time magazine: "Florida Governor Rick Scott gives off a wide-eyed glow of certainty about everything he does. The Tea Party Republican has worn it from the moment he took office on Jan. 4, and since then he's rankled even conservatives in his own party with his imperious style.... In his first eight weeks, he's put forth a budget proposal that slashes education spending — an area in which low-wage, low-tech Florida can't really afford to scrimp — by 15%; put the kibosh on a high-speed rail project, funded with federal and private dollars, that could have created up to 30,000 jobs; campaigned to repeal a prescription-drug-monitoring law in a state where seven people die each day from overdoses; and pressed to kill two amendments Floridians passed last November to curb the reckless gerrymandering of their legislative districts." Read it here.
* Listen yourself to the unique reasoning offered by Scott on his recent decisions, including rail, in a Bloomberg interview with Al Hunt.
* We're getting ahead of ourselves with an Orlando Business Journal poll asking Would you vote for Rick Scott if he runs for president in 2012? But the results, so far, speak volumes. Check them here.
Whoa. Pretty wild for less than two months in office. Seat belts, everyone.
-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist