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Scott’s longtime spokesman heads to Fla GOP

by John Kennedy | September 4th, 2012

One of Gov. Rick Scott’s longest-serving advisers — communications chief Brian Burgess — is heading across town to the Florida Republican Party.

Burgess will be replaced by Melissa Sellers, a former spokeswoman for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Scott and Burgess go way back — working together on Conservatives for Patients Rights, the political committee the governor set up as a private citizen to work unsuccessfully on derailing the Affordable Care Act.  Burgess was by Scott’s side as the former health care executive became a longshot candidate for governor in Florida in 2010.

After Scott spent $72 million of his own money pursuing his first elected office, Burgess emerged as prime spokesman for the governor.

The Burgess move to the party has been talked of for months.

But while marking the end of an era — albeit brief — on the Capitol’s first floor, it also likely carries some larger symbolism, as well.  Scott and the party are now effectively one as he heads toward a 2014 re-election campaign.

Scott acknowledged as much in his parting comments about Burgess.

“From the very beginning, Brian has been by my side as a strategic and political adviser, a trusted aide, and loyal member of my team,” Scott said.  “His strong work ethic, strategic advice and leadership will be missed inside the administration, but he isn’t going far.  In his new role, he will continue to help tell the story to Floridians and the nation about what we’re accomplishing every day.”  

For her part, Sellers already began spinning in Florida last week — directing communication for regional media at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Before that, she was Jindal’s press secretary during his gubernatorial campaign and played the same role in the governor’s office – leaving last December.

Seller’s move across the Gulf shouldn’t be that much of a scenery change. After all, she was around Jindal for a couple hurricanes, the BP oil spill in 2010, and several budget shortfalls, according to Scott’s announcement on her hiring.

Scott welcomed her arrival. “We have an ambitious agenda to create more jobs and opportunity for the hard working people of Florida and while we have made important progress already, there is a lot of work still ahead of us,” Scott said.

 

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6 Responses to “Scott’s longtime spokesman heads to Fla GOP”

  1. Tara Vize Says:

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    New International Version (©1984)
    Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

    New Living Translation (©2007)
    I’ll say it again–it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

    English Standard Version (©2001)
    Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

    New American Standard Bible (©1995)
    “Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

    King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
    And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

    International Standard Version (©2008)
    Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to squeeze through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to get into the kingdom of God.”

    “After Scott spent $72 million of his own money pursuing his first elected office, Burgess emerged as prime spokesman for the governor.”

    Good thing Scott dumped those $72 million, or he might have had a hard time getting through the pearly gates. But all that just to keep health care unaffordable? He could have donated it to that Stand Up to Cancer program the other night and maybe saved a few kids while he was at it.

  2. Tara Vize Says:

    - Matthew 19:24

  3. Tara Vize Says:

    Mark 10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

  4. Tara Vize Says:

    Luke 18:25 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

  5. Tara Vize Says:

    http://www.lolbrary.com/content/274/shut-up-and-take-my-money-23274.jpg

    “After Scott spent $72 million of his OWN money…” Who makes that much money from hard work? So, what’s that, about $50,000 an hour? Can you create some of those jobs in Illinois too, Mr. Big Bucks?

  6. Attire That Your Says:

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