TITUSVILLE — Rick Scott needed a quick buzz Thursday morning.
What better place to stop than the Bent Pole barber shop in Titusville.
Scott’s hair was apparently getting a little shaggy on the third day of his bus tour, so his motorcade pulled off the side of the road for an impromptu hair cut.
“I’m shocked. I’m really shocked,” said John Allen, 58, who sat in the next chair.
A gaggle of reporters gathered around to snap photos of the classic campaign stop. A few customers joined the crowd to gawk as Scott got a “half-all-over buzz cut” and to tell him that they’ve already voted for him.
Toni Schaffer, 44, one of the barbers working on Thursday morning, said they weren’t expecting a gubernatorial candidate.
“Heck no,” Schaffer said. “This is like a surprise visit.”
If there's one thing you can say about Rick Scott's state-wide bus tour, it is certainly efficient.
Every morning, between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., campaign staff, Scott's family and members of the press gather in the hotel lobby to grab a bagel, a cup of coffee or juice, or some eggs. By 8 a.m. It's time to load Scott's bus, the press bus and the three black Chevrolet Suburbans that follow the motorcade.
On Thursday morning on campaign staffer came running out of the hotel as the motorcade pulled away. The buses kept going and one of the Suburbans went back to pick her up.
Then, like clock-work, the tour winds through local roads, hitting campaign events, almost always right on schedule. It's an impressive feat considering all the moving parts.
Scott remains upbeat, despite a new Quinnipiac University poll showing him down 45 percent to 41 percent to his Democratic opponent in the race, Alex Sink.
Around 8:15 a.m., Thursday, Scott's bus pulled into the parking lot of Bono's restaurant off U.S. 1 in Vero Beach. Over 200 cheering supporters were waiting, as “A Little Less Conversation” by Elvis Presley blared over the loud speakers.
Scott offered to take a photo with two little girls. However, to the disappointment of the girls' mother, the blonde twins were likely the only two people in the crowd not excited to see Scott.
Needless to say, it wasn't much of a photo.
Scott always gets a laugh when he introduces his mother, Esther Scott, saying he's glad he's not running against her because he wouldn't have a chance. Esther Scott, 82, has gained some fame in Florida because of a television ad during which she calls her son “a good boy.”
“She seems really nice in those ads,” Scott told the crowd at Bono's. “She was a pain in the rear.”
Connie Webb, 63, a retired nurse and self-described “ultra-conservative” from Vero Beach, was in the crowd to support Scott. She predicts a Scott victory on Tuesday, although by a slim margin.
“People are sick and tired of Obama,” Webb said. “Alex Sink is just like Obama.”
Scott's bus tour will take him to Melbourne, Titusville, Seminole County, Ocala, Marion County and Gainesville, before departing for the Panhandle for events on Friday.
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