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Scott retools team amid poll numbers scraping bottom

by John Kennedy | June 23rd, 2011

With approval ratings scraping bottom and his name a virtual laugh line for Democrats, Gov. Rick Scott is retooling his leadership team, with a pair of top aides departing and a veteran government insider expected to join the administration.

Scott Chief-of-Staff Mike Prendergast, a retired Army colonel, was officially moved Wednesday to executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, taking with him his $150,000 salary and becoming one of the governor’s best-paid agency heads.

The move came a day after Mary Anne Carter, a top Scott adviser, announced she will leave at the end of the month. Carter guided Scott’s campaign last summer, helping the former health care executive win his first run for elected office — powered by spending $73 million of his own cash.

Meanwhile, Senate President Mike Haridopolos’ chief-of-staff, Steve MacNamara, is considered a likely successor to Prendergast. MacNamara served in a similar role in the House, led a state agency and is a tenured professor at Florida State University.

“Steve is a master of the business of politics and policy,” said Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, in line to become Senate president next year. “He would be a real asset to this governor.”

While high-profile staff changes are not unusual, Scott’s recent predecessors, former Govs. Charlie Crist and Jeb Bush, managed to get through at least the first year without an overhaul.

Scott, who will reach his six-month mark in office July 4, may feel some urgency to re-pivot because of recent polls.

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6 Responses to “Scott retools team amid poll numbers scraping bottom”

  1. Dee Says:

    TOO LATE RICH SCOTT! YOUR GOOSE HAS BEEN COOKED!

  2. Dee Says:

    GOLDEN EGG LOOKS LIKE HE IS SCRAMBLED NOW! MR EGGHEAD HIMSELF KNOWS HE IS THE WORST GOVERNOR FLORIDA HAS EVER HAD.

  3. Chuck Says:

    Start at the TOP.

  4. Oxy Limbaugh Says:

    Maybe you teabaggers got it wrong, huh? How’s that “Let’s get to Work” thingy workin’ for ya?

  5. Ms Vicky Says:

    This is living proof that having $217 million STILL can’t help a person who is MORALLY BANKRUPT!

  6. jac Says:

    Funny. The best paid at a time we the taxpayers don’t have a extra dime to spend. He does get retirement pay so he could have taken less. Cheaper government Mr Scott. You have the worst approval rating.

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