When Rick Scott’s longtime communications chief, Brian Burgess, left his office for the Florida Republican Party last fall, it looked like a prelude to the launch of the governor’s re-election campaign.
Not so fast.
Burgess announced Tuesday that he’s leaving the state party to join another former Scott spokesman, Brian Hughes, in his government consulting firm, Meteoric Media Strategies. Burgess’ replacement at the state GOP has not been named.
“Overwhelmed with all the kind notes of support from everyone! Thank you,” Burgess said over his Twitter account Tuesday.
Among Hughes’ clients are the Florida Sugar Cane League. Burgess starts Feb. 15. Neither spokesman immediately returned calls from the Post about the move and its meaning.
“Since last year, I have been trying to recruit Brian to join me in my business,” Hughes said on the company’s website. ”I am excited that Meteoric Media is growing and that Brian is ready to help me with that expansion.”
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.
Burgess’ move to the party last September had been talked of for months. In the end, it will have last five months.