Scott gets his guv on in hometownby Dara Kam | December 27th, 2010
Gov.-elect Rick Scott’s inaugural festivities got underway this morning in his Naples hometown, a week before Scott officially takes the helm as Florida’s 45th governor on Jan. 4.
About 200 well-wishers crowded into a nippy courtyard as a Dixieland band played jazz at the Food & Thought Organic Market and Restaurant as Scott and Lt. Gov.-elect Jennifer Carroll shook hands, posed for pictures.
“Who’s ready to create 700,000 jobs? Who’s ready to get rid of all regulations that are killing jobs in this state? Who’s willing to use accountability budgeting to look at every state agency? Who’s ready to get that done?” Scott said, echoing his campaign refrain.
Scott reiterated his pledge to scrutinize state spending to make sure taxpayers are getting the best bang for their buck and got in a little president-bashing as well.
“We cannot continue to go down the path we’re on. We cannot continue to go down the path Barack Obama’s taking us…We are going to make sure we change how we run this state,” Scott promised.
Scott and Carroll and the newly elected Florida Cabinet are scheduled to make stops in Orlando and Clewiston today as party of four days of inaugural partying.
Scott drew heat for raising more than $3 million for the inaugural festivities while the state is still suffering some of its worst economic times and unemployment – now at 12 percent – continues to climb.
But Carroll, a former state representative, said the two-day fly-around – the pair will also tour the state on Wednesday – is the right thing to do.
“The media hit us up and said we shouldn’t be taking this show on the road but a lot of you can’t make it to Tallahassee,” Carroll said. “We owe it to you to bring Tallahassee to you.”