Gov. Scott beginning to campaign for re-election

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Florida Governor Rick Scott, from left, poses for a picture with seventh grader Alejandro Castaneda, 13, while eighth grader Rafael Arrazola, 14, snaps a picture Monday, March 25, 2013 at East Naples Middle School in Naples, Fla. Governor Scott came to visit the county to present a check to local area schools who maintained an overall A rating or increased a letter grade in the state's accountability measuring system. A total of 33 high, middle and elementary schools did just that and collectively earned just under 2.5 million dollars.

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Corey Perrine/Staff Florida Governor Rick Scott, from left, poses for a picture with seventh grader Alejandro Castaneda, 13, while eighth grader Rafael Arrazola, 14, snaps a picture Monday, March 25, 2013 at East Naples Middle School in Naples, Fla. Governor Scott came to visit the county to present a check to local area schools who maintained an overall A rating or increased a letter grade in the state's accountability measuring system. A total of 33 high, middle and elementary schools did just that and collectively earned just under 2.5 million dollars.

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— If there was any question, Gov. Rick Scott is in re-election campaign mode.

Scott released his first campaign ad this past week, though he put it up only on YouTube, and on Tuesday while talking with reporters laid out what is expected to be the main mantra of his campaign — that he has been at the helm as the economy has come back.

“We’re going to show that there’s a stunning contrast (between) the economy I inherited and the economy today,” the Naples Republican said after landing at the airport in Tallahassee after a morning event.

It is no coincidence that the economy he inherited that he will make the contrast with was the economy during the term of former Gov. Charlie Crist, who is now considering running to unseat Scott. The governor has for weeks been talking about the current economy mostly as it relates to the economy during the Crist administration and did so again on Tuesday.

“In the four years before I became governor, the state had lost 832,000 jobs, unemployment tripled from 3.5 to 11.1 percent, state debt had increased by over $5 billion, and, you know the housing market collapsed,” Scott told reporters.

Scott also has taken on a number of popular causes, from an across-the-board teacher raise, to opposition to college tuition increases to firm opposition to tax increases, or anything that looks like one.

The new ad focuses on the economic comeback in Florida, showing video of Scott visiting companies that have been hiring. It has a number of workers and company officials touting Florida’s improving business climate.

Scott has benefited from a dwindling unemployment rate, which dropped against when February numbers were announced Friday and which is below the national rate for the first time since before he took office.

Still, Scott appears to have a job to do.

Two recent polls have shown Crist ahead of Scott in a hypothetical governor’s race, and while some polls have shown improvement for the governor, he is still hampered by low approval ratings.

The governor’s campaign fundraising arm has also swung into full gear, evidently, with a big uptick in fundraising in the first two weeks of March. The committee, “Let’s Get to Work,” brought in more than $800,000 during that period.

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26yearsonmarco writes:

THIS IS THE LAST SCOTT STORY THAT KLAUS THANKED OBAMA FOR:

http://www.marconews.com/news/2013/ma...

NOW HERE IS THE REAL SYORY:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/wages-s...

1Paradiselost writes:

26...

Could you re-post "Now here is the real story"

Will not open...

Thanks!

26yearsonmarco writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

26...

Could you re-post "Now here is the real story"

Will not open...

Thanks!

1P,

See if this site will open:

http://money.cnn.com/2013/04/01/news/...

PS: I have been telling people about the Smokehouse Bay bridge cost, and everyone agrees it is ridiculous.

1Paradiselost writes:

in response to 26yearsonmarco:

1P,

See if this site will open:

http://money.cnn.com/2013/04/01/news/...

PS: I have been telling people about the Smokehouse Bay bridge cost, and everyone agrees it is ridiculous.

Correct me if i'm wrong... But the Barfield Bridge was built for 3.4 million?

Why 11.5 million for the Smokehouse Bay Bridge? BTW.. The Barfield Bridge is twice a long!

26yearsonmarco writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

Correct me if i'm wrong... But the Barfield Bridge was built for 3.4 million?

Why 11.5 million for the Smokehouse Bay Bridge? BTW.. The Barfield Bridge is twice a long!

1P,

You bring up an excellent point, and I will check it out through the structural engineer in Naples who designed it, and see if he was asked for any input on Smokehouse Bridge, which should be changed to the Blue Smoke and Mirrors Bridge.

If we lose this post, I'll catch up with you on another post.

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