This being the January right after the election, it’s time for Floridians to begin their four-year-long blind date with their new governor.
I say “blind date,” because we know so little about him.
To use a homely expression, we bought a pig in a poke—well, actually, he bought us to the tune of $3.89 of his own personal fortune for every man, woman, and child in the state.
In fact, you could probably march Rick Scott down any street in Florida and ask passersby who he was, and chances are they wouldn’t recognize him. You could even whisper a hint, like: “He’s the governor of a state,” and they might say, “Oh, YEAH…it’s Jesse Ventura after a year on Weight Watchers.”
We know no specifics as to how he will wrench the state out of its straits. We do know something about his business practices, but now isn’t the time to go and rehash tired old stories. We’ve already done that, and it didn’t make any difference. What we are left with is “Seven hundred thousand jobs in seven years,” and “Let’s get back to work.”
Actually, we did learn something new in the past few days. Gov. Scott is allowing a raft of high-powered special interests to foot the bill for his inaugural festivities. Outfits like Blue Cross Blue Shield, AstraZeneca, Wal Mart, AvMed, U.S. Sugar… I’m sure all they’re interested in is making certain that celebrants have the best possible time, but you’d think a guy who found a way to spend $72 million of his own money to get elected as an unfettered outsider could cough up a couple million more to convey the initial impression that he can’t be bought.
Gov. Scott says he’s going to run Florida state government like a business.
It’s beginning to sound like business as usual.