Most of the Broward GOP establishment backed Attorney General Bill McCollum in the primary in his race for governor, leaving activists on the outside when millionaire Rick Scott won. But since the primary Scott's campaign has reached out to the Broward Republican Executive Committee -- and tonight his lieutenant governor pick state Rep. Jennifer Carroll came to speak to a crowd of hundreds at the group's monthly meeting at a hotel in Fort Lauderdale.
Carroll revealed no specifics in her 10-minute speech in which she hit on the general themes of reducing unemployment, school choice and state's rights. Scott is expected to reveal his education plan tomorrow but Carroll revealed no details: "When it comes to educating our students parents should have a choice....," she said. "We should not be stuck in failed systems whatsoever."
Carroll talked up Scott's background saying:
"Rick Scott doesn't have any ties to Tallahassee, he doesn't have any ties to a lobbyist."
Levi Williams, Scott's Broward campaign chair, said he is hoping to get Scott to speak at the Broward GOP's October meeting. By that time, thousands of Floridians could have already voted.
Scott is holding a celebration of the grand opening of its Broward County campaign office, 700 NW 57th Place, in Fort Lauderdale tomorrow at 8 a.m. Scott's headquarters are in downtown Fort Lauderdale.