Florida’s Scott Gets an ‘A for Strangeness’

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Florida Governor Rick Scott during the Governor's Hurricane Conference in Fort Lauderdale.

The former private-equity executive turned governor of Florida is having some trouble, and it may be hurting Mitt Romney.

The approval rating of Florida’s Republican governor Rick Scott hasn’t gone above 41 percent in Quinnipiac University polls, and Bloomberg’s Michael C. Bender says Scott keeps alienating the people he wants to befriend.

“Rick Scott doesn’t seem to have any political skills at all,” said Tom Slade, the former co-chairman of Scott’s campaign and ex-chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. “I’d give him a B for governing. I’d give him an A for strangeness.”

He tried to court Cuban-Americans and got threatened with a lawsuit. He offended black lawmakers over lunch. He greeted Spain’s king with a question about a politically sensitive elephant hunt.

“Obama’s more competitive in Florida right now than I would have expected,” Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling in Raleigh, North Carolina. “The damage Scott has done to the Republican brand is part of that.”


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