Scott to Broward GOP: ‘We should not lose…we have the right story’by George Bennett | May 20th, 2013
FORT LAUDERDALE — Speaking to Republicans in one of Florida’s most heavily Democratic counties, Gov. Rick Scott tonight said the GOP should win every election if Republicans do a better job of telling their story to voters.
Scott, who was narrowly elected in 2010 and faces a tough re-election fight next year, exhorted the party faithful at the Broward County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day dinner.
“I have not met one Floridian that should be anything but a Republican,” said Scott.
The GOP is the party of job creators, Scott said, and he said it should also be the party of people who rely on government social programs.
“Let’s say that you need a safety net,” Scott said. “Let’s say you need unemployment insurance or you need something to take care of you while times are hard before you get back on your feet, whether that’s health care, whether that’s unemployment insurance, whatever it is. Who pays for it? People that have jobs. So if you need anything from the government, any government, you should absolutely be a Republican because it won’t be there if it wasn’t for people who had jobs and build businesses.”
Speaking to a crowd of about 300, Scott added: “Everybody in this room has their own American success story…But here’s our problem. We don’t tell people. We don’t tell people our stories. We don’t’ tell people why we’re Republicans, why they should be Republicans.
“It’s in their best interest. There’s nobody that shouldn’t be a Republican. If they’re not, it’s our fault. It’s our fault that we’re not telling our story.”
Broward County, the second most populous county in Florida, went 67.1 percent for President Barack Obama in 2012. Only two Republicans from Broward County hold partisan offices — state Rep. George Moraitis of Fort Lauderdale and County Commissioner Chip LaMarca of Lighthouse Point. A small corner of the county is represented in Congress by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, whose district is primarily in Miami-Dade County.
“We should not lose,” Scott said. “Here’s the key. We’ve got to do more knocking on doors, we’ve got to do more making phone calls, we’ve got to do more tweeting, Facebook, all these things. We’ve got to tell our story. We have the right story.”