Republican Rick Scott held his first press conference as gov-elect to announce his transition team Thursday, declaring he is doing job interviews for Florida and openly soliciting applicants for state jobs on his new web site: www.scotttransition.com.
With Lt. Gov.-elect Jennifer Carroll at his side, Scott took questions for about 15 minutes in Fort Lauderdale, where the transition will be based. The job criteria: optimistic, hard-working people who believe in more private sector jobs and less government. "We're rolling," Scott said. "We're going to get this started and we're going to keep this moving as fast as we can."
Scott turned to his most trusted advisor during this campaign to head up the effort to recruit and staff his new office. Washington lawyer Enu Mainigi, who has represented Scott in civil cases and successfully argued his case to throw out part of the state's public campaign finance law, will chair the transition team.
Mary Anne Carter, a Tennessee lawyer who as served as Scott's policy advisor during the campaign will be the transition's executive director. Carter first worked for Scott as director of Conservatives for Patients Rights, the political committee Scott formed to oppose President Barack Obama's health care plan.
Scott's advisory committee includes several old hands to Florida government who know both how to work the legislature as well as the Tallahassee bureaucracy, as well as some outspoken voices who have challenged the GOP leadership in Tallahassee:
* U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, who was Gov. Charlie Crist's campaign manager and chief of staff for his first two years
* Rep. Bill Galvano, a Bradenton attorney who has served as House rules chairman, played a pivotal role in key negotiations on property tax and gaming legislation, and was a catalayst in the House to decision to move aside former speaker Ray Sansom
* Former six-term Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre, the only Democrat on the transition team. He endorsed Scott after criticizing the Democratic party for not being inclusive in the U.S. Senate primary.
* Kathleen Shanahan, served on the transition teams of both former Gov. Jeb Bush and Gov. Charlie Crist. She's a former chief of staff to Bush and a member of the state board of education. While her wealth of government is broad deep, she is proof that Scott's criticism of "Tallahassee insiders" is convenient political rhetoric but impractical politics. Shanahan as as insider as they come, including the fact that she is the chair and CEO WRScompass, an environmental management and civil construction company, that relies on the state of Florida for vast amounts of its contract business.
* Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, a maverick state senator who has criticized Senate leadership for its support of the controversial SunRail high-speed rail plan, teacher tenure reform and other initiatives. She has strong opinions about how the Department of Transportation should be reformed.
* Rep. Mike Weinstein, R-Jacksonville, another maverick who went against GOP House leaders when he voted against the controverial teacher tenure plan to link pay to student performance. He endorsed Scott in the primary.
* Sweetwater Mayor Manuel Marono, a rising star in Republican circles who endorsed Scott early and was even mentioned as a possible running mate for him.
* Sally Bradshaw, managed the campaign of former Gov. Jeb Bush and then served as his chief of staff. Her husband, Paul Bradshaw, is a founding partner in one of the largest lobbying firms in Tallahassee, Southern Strategies.
"It's all individuals who love Florida and what goes on in Florida," Scott said. "We're going to take care of their expertise and their commitment to our great state."
-- Times reporter Steve Bousquet contributed to this report