Rick Scott to Freshmen: Be bold, eat oystersby John Kennedy | February 23rd, 2011
Less than two months into his term as chief executive, Gov. Rick Scott sought out some fellow freshmen Wednesday — inviting the House’s newbies to the Governor’s Mansion for an evening cocktail party and a pep talk.
“Be bold,” Scott said. “If we do the right thing, we can change the country. Everbody will have to compete with Florida.”
Scott repeated his campaign mantra — “whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, the issue is the same: It’s all about jobs.”
But Scott also said there were signs that the economy was improving.
“I don’t know if you guys are seeing it, but there’s momentum all across the state right now,” said Scott, who freestyled for about 10 minutes to the group of 40 lawmakers. “I was in Apalachicola today eating oysters and stopped at a restaurant and they can’t get enough employees right now.”
“If you travel around the state, people are getting back to work,” he concluded.
Scott earlier in the day also spoke briefly by phone with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, whose pension overhaul and bid to end collective bargaining for public employees has spawned days of protests and a walkout by Senate Democrats.
“I talked to him about how he’s doing, I’m sure it’s tough,” said Scott, who plans to leave Thursday this weekend’s Republican Governors Association meeting.
”He’s not going to be able to come,” Scott said of his Badger State bro.