Bloomberg: Florida Governor Rick Scott keeps alienating the people he's trying to befriend.
The Republican's effort to win support from Cuban-Americans resulted in threats of a lawsuit. At a lunch to charm black lawmakers, he offended them. He turned a goodwill mission into comedy-show fodder when he greeted Spain's king by asking about the monarch's politically sensitive elephant hunt.
The governor's gaffes, along with an approval rating that hasn't gone above 41 percent in Quinnipiac University polls, may hurt his party's presidential contender, Mitt Romney. Florida is one of the most competitive electoral battlegrounds, with the past three presidential races decided by 5 percentage points or less. Romney hasn't campaigned with Scott.
"Rick Scott doesn't seem to have any political skills at all," said Tom Slade, the former co-chairman of Scott's campaign and ex-chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. "I'd give him a B for governing. I'd give him an A for strangeness."
Posted by Adam C. Smith at 10:34:25 am on June 20, 2012