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A tale of two governors: Florida's Rick Scott and Texas' Rick Perry

Healthy competition. Friendly rivalry. Man crush. Call it what you will, but Florida Gov. Rick Scott has a major case of Texas Gov. Rick Perry on the brain. Scott said he talks to his counterpart every two to three weeks. And Perry pops up often in Scott's public remarks. "Like everything Texas does, you have done it in a BIG way," Gov. Scott wrote to his fellow Republican in May, warning Perry that he planned for Florida to displace the Lone Star State as the country's top job creator. "I am certain Texas' days at the top are numbered." So how does Scott, 58, stack up against Perry, 61? Take a look.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott: Leads fourth-largest state; Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Leads second-largest state.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott: First elected to office in 2010; Texas Gov. Rick Perry: First elected to office in 1984.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott: Net worth: $103 million; Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Net worth: $1 million (as of 2009).

Florida Gov. Rick Scott: Won election in 2010 by 1.2 percent; Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Won election in 2010 by 13 percent.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott: State jobless rate: 10.6 percent; Texas Gov. Rick Perry: State jobless rate: 8 percent.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott: 7,000+ jobs lost at Kennedy Space Center due to shuttle end; Texas Gov. Rick Perry: 4,100 jobs lost at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott: Potential Perry backer in 2012 presidential race; Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Potential 2012 presidential candidate.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott: Lost bet when Miami Heat lost 2011 NBA Finals; Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Won bet when Dallas Mavs won 2011 NBA title.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott: Owns boots made by Houston's Rocky Carroll; Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Owns boots made by Houston's Rocky Carroll.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott: Was a co-owner of the Texas Rangers; Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Dispatched Texas Rangers to protect U.S. border.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott: Flew to Koch brothers retreat in his own plane; Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Likely flew to Koch retreat in contributor's plane.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott: No hair; Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Great hair.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott: Latest job approval rating: 29 percent; Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Latest job approval rating: 54 percent.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott: Supports oil drilling off coast of Florida; Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Collected $2 billion in state taxes from oil drilling.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott: Appears in pages of Tallahassee Democrat; Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Was previously a Democrat.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott: Led the nation in job creation in May; Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Led the nation in job creation for seven years.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott: Lived in Texas; Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Likes to visit Orlando, Miami and the Keys.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott: Wants to be better than Texas; Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Welcomes the competition.

Janet Zink can be reached at or (850) 224-7263.

A tale of two governors: Florida's Rick Scott and Texas' Rick Perry 07/09/11 [Last modified: Monday, July 11, 2011 3:48pm]
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