Rick Scott reveals little about strategy as governor during visit to Tallahassee

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November 10, 2010

By Bill Kaczor, Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE —Governor-elect Rick Scott stuck to his job-creation campaign theme Tuesday on his first visit to the Florida Capitol since his win.

Scott, a Republican corporate executive who lacks governmental experience, met with outgoing Gov. Charlie Crist and incoming House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park.

He spoke only briefly with reporters and said little other than he plans to focus on jobs once he takes office Jan 4.

“The reason I won the election is over one issue and that’s getting the state back to work,” Scott said.

He offered no comment when Crist said he’ll keep making appointments rather than leave those to Scott. Crist, who quit theGOP to run unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate as an independent, said that’s part of the job he was elected to do and he’ll keep doing it until his four-year term ends.

Crist’s predecessor, Republican Jeb Bush, did the same thing, but once Crist took office, he withdrew 283 Bush appointments including two to the State Board of Education. Crist spokesman Sterling Ivey later said the governor will leave it to Scott to fill the same two Board of Education seats that become vacant again on Dec. 31.

Ivey said Crist will, though, fill nearly 100 other openings on various panels and courts including 10 judgeships — four in county courts, five in circuit courts and one on an appeal court.

Scott also didn’t object to the Legislature’s plans to override Crist’s vetoes of two bills that would cut into the powers of the governor and other executive branch officials.

“I don’t think anybody’s trying to go after my power,” Scott said. “They’re following through on things they believe in and we’re reviewing that. Everything will work out.”

Scott spoke while standing beside Cannon in the foyer of the speaker’s office. Cannon and Senate President-designate Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, plan to call a one-day special legislative session next Tuesday to take up overrides of nine bills and one budget item Crist has vetoed.

To read more, visit: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/obama-inauguration/fl-scott-crist-tallahassee-20101109,0,2371763.story

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