Rick Scott's sneaky campaign letters
Democrats call foul on "shameless" taxpayer-funded letterhead abuse
Published: November 27, 2013
AMOUNT OF TAXPAYER MONEY GOV. RICK SCOTT HAS SPENT SENDING RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN PROPAGANDA TO 18,541 FLORIDA LOTTERY WINNERS SINCE SEPTEMBER
APPROXIMATE AMOUNT THE GOVERNOR HAS SPENT SENDING SIMILARLY DISGUISED CAMPAIGN LETTERS TO 400,000 FLORIDA RESIDENTS RENEWING THEIR BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL LICENSES
CURRENT POLLING LEAD HELD BY FORMER GOV. CHARLIE CRIST OVER RICK SCOTT, ACCORDING TO A NOV. 21 QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL
“I THINK EVERY FLORIDIAN OUGHT TO BRAG ABOUT OUR STATE. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE EVERYBODY THAT IS DOING A GREAT JOB AND I’M GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT.”
– GOV. RICK SCOTT
SOURCES: MIAMI HERALD, FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY
There may not have been much love for Gov. Rick Scott as he was rolled out on Church Street for last week’s announcement that Orlando City Soccer Club would be joining the Major League Soccer ranks (no thanks to Scott) – in fact, Scott was hysterically booed off the stage. Nor was there a lot of love for the perpetually uncomfortable governor shown in the poll numbers released by Quinnipiac University Nov. 21, where Scott’s favorability rating slumped while he continued to lose by a 7-point margin to shapeshifting newbie-Democrat Charlie Crist. But if that love letter from Scott you may have received in your mailbox is to be believed, he has nothing but love for you and for the Sunshine State he hopes to retain in the 2014 election cycle. Oh, and lots of love for himself.
For weeks, those who care about these political trappings have been muttering about the governor’s seeming unseemliness in blurring the lines between campaign spending and, well, using public funds to better do his job. It started when renewals for business and professional licenses in the state were met with return mail touting the governor’s personal struggles and his governmental successes – all of which reads a little too blurry for comfort.
“Growing up, my parents struggled financially,” he doodled in a note to those requesting licenses, according to the Miami Herald. “In fact, when I started school, we were in public housing.”
Which, we suppose, is supposed to engender that warm feeling of bootstraps a-pulling and deregulated harmony for entrepreneurs with hearts-too-small. It certainly doesn’t seem relevant to the rather ordinary task of getting licensed in a state that refuses virtually no one, though, does it? Oh, it’s a personal note!
But how personal is the boilerplate being funneled to those who passed the Florida Bar recently? It sounds a little vindictive, actually.
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