We voted for him because he spent so much of his own money on media buys that he practically became a member of our families during those last weeks and months before election day in 2010.
After that assault, we⎯being Floridians⎯connected the arrows on our ballots for him because we’d heard of him more than his opponent. We knew almost nothing about him, except for a few cries in the wind about some shady Medicare stuff in his past. Nothing, that is, except his catchy slogan, “Let’s get to work!”
Sounds good enough to me, we all said with a shrug before heading back to Dancing With The Stars with our bowl of pork rinds.
Now, ten months later, surprise, SURPRISE! We don’t particularly care for him. He’s done a lot of boneheaded things, like resist a prescription drug database until he was forced to establish one. And refuse government money for a high-speed rail system that would have brought a lot of jobs to the state. And require welfare recipients to undergo drug testing at great expense, when statistics show their incidence of abuse is below the state’s average (probably because they can’t afford drugs, Duh.)
My journalistic colleagues, after finally being allowed to meet with Mr. Scott (he refused to visit editorial boards as a candidate), have come away with the impression that he is a lightweight who is out of his league. Since he has no previous experience, he makes stupid mistakes because he doesn’t know any better.
Gov. Scott’s incompetence is not his fault. It’s the fault of the voters of the state of Florida. Next time, we might want to do our homework.