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Gov. Scott to blog for left-leaning Huffington Post

by Dara Kam | August 2nd, 2012

Gov. Rick Scott is adding a stint as blogster for a liberal online news site to his resume.

Scott, a Republican with strong tea party ties, will blog for the left-leaning Huffington Post, Scott’s spokesman Brian Burgess confirmed today.

Arianna Huffington, the founder and editor-in-chief of the widely-read news site, sent Scott an e-mail this week inviting him to contribute to a pre-convention blog aimed at highlighting successes in turning around the country’s economic morass.

The goal is to shift “the narrative from a fatalistic acceptance of our unemployment crisis and what’s going wrong with the country” and instead “spotlight on what is working,” Huffington wrote in her message to Scott sent Monday.

That should be right up Scott’s alley. He’s continuously boasting about how unemployment has dropped under his watch – now at 8.6 percent, down from 12 percent when Scott took office in January 2011. And the former health care executive frequently brags about how new private sector jobs are blooming while government jobs are shriveling since he moved into the governor’s mansion.

Details of how frequently Scott will contribute are still being worked out with Huffington’s aide, Burgess said, but he won’t be blogging on a daily basis. Still, HuffPo will provide Scott with a platform to spread his story about what he’s doing to help Florida – and elevate his national exposure, not that he needs any assistance with that.

Even so, why would Scott, who had an icy relationship with the Florida press corp when he first took office a year-and-a-half ago, want to be associated with the liberal outlet?

“There’s a lot of different writers. A lot of folks have participated,” Burgess said. “It’s another channel to communicate with folks. It’s not strictly liberal. And I think it’s important that we take advantage of opportunities like that. It has a lot of reach.”

Read Huffington’s entire e-mail to the governor after the jump.

Dear Governor Scott,

To help shift the narrative from a fatalistic acceptance of our unemployment crisis and what’s going wrong with the country, the Huffington Post is putting the spotlight on what is working — including small business job creation, state and city initiatives, social entrepreneurs, job training programs, internships, and many other innovative solutions, big and small.

And in advance of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions this summer, we have launched a dedicated section called “Opportunity: What Is Working,” featuring blog posts from governors, mayors, and other elected officials focused on coming up with strategies to bring jobs to their constituents. As a leader, we would love to include your voice in this important conversation.

The site is a prelude to a big event we will hold at each convention: a panel discussion highlighting the creative solutions that are being implemented all around the country but rarely get the media spotlight.

Please let us know if you would like to contribute a post (of any length). You can email your post to me and my chief of staff Daniel Koh, cc’d here. The Huffington Post has 39 million unique visitors per month, making it a powerful platform for you to share ideas, plans, and projects that can help our cities and states arrive at the solutions we so desperately need.

Please let me know if there are any questions I can answer. Very much looking forward to having your voice on HuffPost.

All the best,

Arianna

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4 Responses to “Gov. Scott to blog for left-leaning Huffington Post”

  1. Republican in Florida Says:

    Gov. Scott & Brian-not-that-bright-Burgess

    Please don’t take this bait so the liberal circus HuffPost can spin and use your words against the National Republican economic message. The Obama camp will again put out press releases in Florida quoting you and touting his time in office.

    Wanna bet?

    Stop thinking of your re-elect. Dont consult pollsters. Think about the greater good. Stick to your original message. Fix some real issues. Forget using the media for image improvements. It’s too late for that. Let your record save you in 2014.

  2. Same Ole, Same Ole Says:

    Ditto to the above comment.

    I smell a rat.

    Huff and Puff is not as bad as the AP (All Propaganda) but the race is close.

  3. Scott is a Crook Says:

    Prediction: this will end disastrously as every other of Scott’s attempts on outreach. It is the content of his message not the medium that he has a problem with. Also he has very little credibility as most Floridians view him as a Crooked businessman who bought the governor’s mansion while his supporters looked the other way.

  4. Bring REal Justice To Florida Says:

    Rick Scot still hasn’t done anything but let the FDLE continue to cover up the cover ups of the GREEN ISLE BOYS RANCH RAPES. THIS WILL NEVER GO AWAY UNTIL IT IS ADDRESSED AND PROSECUTED. NOW IT LOOKS LIKE 5th CIRCUIT COURT SYSTEM MIGHT EVEN BE INVOLVED IN THE COUVER UPS. MAYBE WE DO NEED JESSIE AND AL TO BRING JUSTCIE TO FLORIDA AFTER ALL.

    Update – Green Isle Boys Rapes Cover ups -
    Does the cover ups of the Green Isle Boys Rapes extend to State Attorney Brad King and the Judicial System?
    Interestingly the comparison made by some regarding releases of every aspect of the arrest, confinement and prosecution of juvenile Edwin McFarlane as opposed to the top secret handling of the Tyler Anthony Jackson FIVE BRUTAL RAPES show that Jackson was at best protected by the system (if he was prosecuted at all) while juvenile Edwin McFarlane accused of one sexual battery received constant media attention promoted by the sheriff’s PIO John Herrell.

    It does bring to light just as with the Trayvon Martin case is this one also about race? Tyler Jackson is a white juvenile; Edwin McFarlane is a black juvenile. Why is everything secret about the Tyler Anthony Jackson Rapes arrest and conviction and everything is blown out of proportion about eh juvenile Edwin McFarlane case?

    This is why people like Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton have to get involved in these cases because the system is corrupt and tends to protect their friends while crucifying others.

    http://www.lakexposed.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Green-Isle-Boys-Ranch-Rapes-Cover-Ups-II1.pdf

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