NAPLES — Naples businessman Rick Scott predicted a victory Tuesday afternoon as he walked confidently into St. Ann Catholic Church on Third Street South to vote for himself to be the Republican nominee for governor.
Scott arrived at the church around 1:30 p.m., and was joined by his wife, Ann, his mother, Esther Scott, as well as his two daughters and their husbands. About a dozen supporters wearing Rick Scott T-shirts and waving Rick Scott signs joined at least as many members at the church to greet Scott.
"We’re going to win. I’m convinced that we’re going to win," Scott said.
Scott traded in the blue suit he’s been wearing on the stump for months for a more casual button-down blue shirt and khaki pants he’s worn in his TV ads. He called the support he’s received "inspiring."
"It’s exciting," Scott said of casting a ballot for himself. "I’ve never done this before."
Fitting, for a campaign that has been intensely negative, a simple photo-op at a Naples church turned a bit sour when a man dressed in scrubs, who identified himself only as "Dr. Dave," arrived with a bullhorn and demanded that Scott release his deposition from a lawsuit involving his company, Solantic, Inc. "Dr. Dave" was driving a red Ford Flex with what appeared to be a professionally-made screen print on the sides that showed Scott’s picture and the message "Rick Scott: Release the deposition."
The Ford is registered to PV Holding Corp. — the parent company of Avis Rent A Car — 8600 Hangar Drive, at the Orlando International Airport.
"I’ve been following (Scott) around the state," he said. "He won’t even confront me."
The Scott campaign said that "Dr. Dave" is on the payroll of Scott’s opponent, Attorney General Bill McCollum. "Dr. Dave" denied that charge. Even though he was demanding transparency from Scott, "Dr. Dave" refused to identify himself, saying only that he is a 20-year-old college student.
Scott supporters drowned out "Dr. Dave’s" demands with chants of "let’s get to work, let’s get to work," Scott’s campaign slogan.
"I think he’ll be unemployed tomorrow," Scott said of "Dr. Dave." "It’s great to live in America where we all get to vote. It’s great to live in a democracy where we all get to show up and have our voices heard."
Joy Dandy, 69, of North Naples, said she campaigned for Scott because she believes he can create private sector jobs.
"I think he has a very good chance of winning," Dandy said. "He has expressed himself with honesty and forthrightness."
When asked who she would vote for if Scott does not prevail in the Republican primary, Dandy didn’t have an answer.
"I haven’t thought that far ahead," she said. "I’m praying to God he’s going to win."
After voting at St. Ann, Scott stopped by the polling site at the library on Central Avenue. His campaign started the day in Pensacola. He then traveled to Jacksonville and Naples, and his hosting a rally tonight in Fort Lauderdale.
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