Are Scott’s flip flops about to trip him up?by John Kennedy | April 19th, 2011
Remember Rick Scott from the campaign trail?
He was all message, all the time. Candidate Scott put up powerful television ads and rarely strayed from his campaign themes of creating jobs, cutting taxes, trimming regulations, and, oh yes, creating more jobs, jobs, jobs.
Governing, however, is like playing an Xbox game: Things come at you fast, and Florida’s chief executive doesn’t always get to control the game or its pace.
Gov. Scott is learning the hard way. But a dizzying array of policy reversals in recent weeks, combined with the governor’s low public approval ratings, may be damaging his already flimsy bond with state lawmakers. And it also threatens the governor’s first-year lineup of cutting taxes, trimming regulations and shielding businesses from costly lawsuits.
“He sends mixed signals to Floridians – and to the legislature,” said Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, who has served in the legislature under four different governors. “His unpredictability is hurting him. And I think it’s pretty clear that few of us in the Senate are really concerned any more about what he wants us to do.”