Florida's incoming governor seems to be on two jobs tours at the same time.
So far, there is one for the TV cameras that includes photo ops and, today, a Q&A with one company's employees. The other is taking place behind closed doors and offers exclusive access to dozens of business interests to ask Rick Scott for more tax money to spend, less taxes to pay and fewer regulations to comply with.
Scott shrugged off questions about allowing the media into the second meeting with businesses in two days. (Here's our story about the first).
"People are not as receptive to talking," in front of media, Scott said today. "If there's lot of people, people don't talk as much."
Scott pointed to what he called a "townhall" held at Flightstar Services today after the private meeting. Flightstar, an international airplane maintenance company, moved up its break so its roughly 300 non-union employees working the morning shift could ask questions. (Tweets from the Q&A here.)
"I answer questions," Scott said. "People can ask me any question they want."
Asked for specifics from the private meeting, Scott said he was asked about regulations and "how you create incentives for people to move their jobs here."
Tucker Morrison, Flightstar's executive vice president, agreed that it was better to shut out the media from the meeting.
"The room wouldn't accommodate it," Morrison said. "We were trying to have an intimate setting. And he went - to the person - around the room and gave everyone three to five minutes. I don't think you can do that in a larger room and have it feel as personal."
Some of the companies in the meeting today: Boeing, Lockheed Martin, LSI, Medtronic, Swisher international, Georgia Pacific, Florida State College at Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Aviation Authority.