Florida Gov. Rick Scott was beaming after his first meeting Thursday with Enterprise Florida, a public-private partnership development arm of the state.
He received a standing ovation from his colleagues in the business world after promising to make at least one foriegn trade mission in the next four months and continuing his drum beat for more tax cuts and fewer regulations.
But shortly after the two-hour meeting, Scott sent a hand-delivered letter to fire Enterprise Florida President John A. Adams Jr. In the letter (read it here), Scott says he is "determined to move in a different direction."
Adams is likely owned at least $132,000, his annual base salary. His contract (also here) stipulates that he will be paid a full year's salary upon termination.
Here's what Scott said about his decision this morning:
"I'm putting together a team of people that I believe are going to move our state forward. I've got to make sure that the things I'm focused on, turning the economy around, 700,000 jobs, reducing regulations, filling jobs, making sure we hold government accountable, all those things.
I'm going to surround myself with people I believe will help me get there. I believe I'll find someone who will help me get there."