Then Scott's huge blue tour bus pulled into Mike's Diner in Panama City, where he shook hands with everybody, even the two guys serving up bacon eggs and French toast. "I used to be a fry cook. I made 85 cents an hour. You guys make more than that," Scott told them. Then came a visit (obligatory by now) at The Donut Hole in Destin. The stops all feed the Scott narrative of a guy who began his business career by investing in two doughnut shops in Kansas City.
At a roundtable with members of the Walton County Chamber of Commerce, Scott heard calls for less regulation (especially on septic tanks), lower taxes and fewer unfunded mandates from Tallahassee. He agreed with the idea that state workers should make a contribution to their own retirement plans (an idea proposed but killed in the 2010 legislative session).
Bob Hudson, a local Republican activist, told Scott that the Walton GOP has plans to make more than 6,000 calls this weekend to Republicans who have not yet been to the polls. A woman tried to put Scott on the spot: "Noles or Gators?" "I like all of them," Scott replied.
-- Steve Bousquet