Governor Rick Scott’s A Sore Loser

2 Jan

Somehow if there’s any hope of reforming America’s political process, a failed candidate should just not be able to harvest money for campaigning..

Entering his second year, his approval ratings remain abysmal — hovering just over 30 percent in most polls — despite a midsummer overhaul of his inner ring of advisers and a strategic shift away from objectives such as cutting corporate taxes and slashing funding for schools.

“I got elected to make the tough choices. I knew what I was doing when I took this job,” Scott said in an end-of-the-year interview.

“I know people need an education. I know people need jobs. That’s why I ran.”

Fearful that he could be a drag on Republicans in the 2012 elections, Scott’s political team has ramped up fundraising, amassing $424,500 from insurance and business interests, through the political fund called “Let’s Get to Work” that helped pay for his $80 million barrage of ads in 2010.

The effort, led by campaign strategist Tony Fabrizio, is to take over the “branding” attempts previously handled by the Republican Party of Florida, which paid for robo-calls to voters and Web advertising to highlight Scott’s accomplishments last spring.

“It’s so people know it’s basically his brand,” said lobbyist Brian Ballard, who is helping raise money for the group.

Having the bully pulpit should be enough.

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