Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Unpopular Florida Gov. Scott Combines the Worst Of Govs. Christie, Brewer, Walker

Why does Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott have the lowest approval rating of any governor in the country? Perhaps because he combines the worst policies of Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) and Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI):

Mr. Scott’s unpopularity is mostly rooted in his aggressive push for large cuts in the budget and the public-sector work force, his decision to reject $2.4 billion in federal money for a high-speed rail project, and the dismissive and even abrasive way he deals with those who disagree with him or ask a lot of questions.

... The Republican-dominated Legislature failed to approve an Arizona-style immigration package, one of the cornerstones of the governor’s legislative agenda and a major issue for the Tea Party.

And many voters have blanched at a number of his legislative accomplishments, particularly a new state budget that puts thousands of state employees and teachers out of work and requires public workers to start paying part of their salary to cover pension costs.

So what is Scott’s staff doing to boost his popularity?

Mr. Scott’s staff appears to be trying to counter the negative press. His senior aides set up a way for people to send a prewritten letter of praise for the governor to seven Florida newspapers. The letter, sent by a click on Mr. Scott’s Web site, was written by members of his campaign team.

A prewritten letter of praise? Pathetic.

1 comment:

Jon R., editor of the Oracle said...

Hi Jeff,

Enjoyed your blog.

Scott just got started on his PR blitz with the letter of praise. His latest effort is robocalling.

Apparently a number of Floridians are not real thrilled getting these happy, happy, joy, joy Scott messages extolling his many virtues and accomplishments.

The Republican Party of Florida, who is paying for these calls, is getting flooded with complaints from irate Floridians. And, DO NOT CALL doesn't apply.

Now that's pathetic.