Scott touts Fla’s turnaround, but his inbox tells another taleby John Kennedy | August 26th, 2013
Rick Scott’s early-stage reelection campaign is pivoting almost exclusively around Florida’s economy, with the governor finding ways big and small this summer to tout what he calls the state’s “turnaround.”
Scott last week promoted job growth before corporate titans, addressing a Wal-Mart manufacturing summit in Orlando and later, business leaders gathered at The Breakers in Palm Beach.
But while he was out stumping, Scott’s email in-box told another story.
Several voters sent terse replies to the thousands of electronic newsletters his office blasts out highlighting the state’s economy under the theme, “It’s Working.”
“Really? I’m not. Thanks to you,” wrote Angela Hawkes, 40, of Brandon, who last year lost her $73,000-a-year job as an account executive for a credit union and is still looking for work.
Hawkes later told The Palm Beach Post that anger and frustration finally prompted her to write the governor.
“I think the rebound is overplayed,” she said. “Things are getting slightly better. But too many people are still underemployed and underpaid.”
Long plagued by lousy approval ratings, Scott will win re-election only if, unlike Hawkes, Floridians feel warmed by the state’s recovering economy and credit him with providing the spark, analysts said.
Mileposts like the state’s monthly consumer-confidence survey point to a wary public. The latest report is due Tuesday.
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