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Dem criticism and GOP praise for Rick Scott's SOS

The reviews are in. And they're like Gov. Rick Scott's speech itself -- consistent. That is, Dems generally hated it. Republicans generally liked it.

Only one GOP member, Sen. Dennis Jones of Treasure Island, give a mixed review, a back-handed compliment.

"I liked the charge: To create jobs," said Sen. Dennis Jones, R-Treasure Island. "We’ll have to see how much substance he has. I liked the speech, but the TelePrompTer sure helped him."

The Democrats:

Rep. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami: "The speech was disingenuous. He talked about creating a world-class education system, but he wants to gut education funding. It doesn’t make sense."

Rep. Rick Kriseman, D-St. Petersburg: "All I heard about today from him was how we're going to help big corporations and we're going to do it on the backs of small businesses and working men and women,"' said

Rep.Dwayne Taylor, D-Daytona Beach: "All I heard were empty words." He's a former firefighter. "Every time I hear him say 'Get to work' I think of him going to work and cutting jobs from our state. He's giving out Scott slips. They're not pink slips, they're Scott slips."

Sen. Oscar Braynon II, D-Miami Gardens: "It was him," said state "If you can say nothing else about him: He is consistent. He didn't get very many claps in the back row," Braynon said. "That speech didn't really speak to my constituency."

Rep. Luis Garcia, D-Miami Beach: "I wasn't impressed. Most of the applauses were from his supporters, from his family upstairs. This is all campaign rhetoric," Garcia said, referring to Scott's promised tax cuts. "Where is that money going to come from, from his pocket?"

Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg: "I liked what he said. But I'm not sure about how we're really going to create these jobs. I'm nervous that it won't work."

Rep. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando. "At least it was better than (House Speaker) Dean Cannon's speech, which was hyperpartisan."

The Republicans:

Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine: "I thought the tone and the message was great. I loved his line about 'Don't blink.' I think that's exactly what happens sometimes. Members of the Florida Legislature get intimidated by special interests and they lose sight of what they need to accomplish."
 
Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island: "People need to know that state government is going to lead by example, and that we are going to offer a lot of stability. If we offer that stability, 60 days from now you're going to see companies wanting to come to Florida."
 
 Frank Brogan, chancellor of the state university system and a former Republican lieutenant governor:
"It was optimistic, upbeat and ambitious. People are looking for hope in these very difficult times and hopefully they found some tonight. The man is very serious about being the chief executive of Florida."

Rep. Rich Glorioso, R Plant City: "He said 'Don't blink.' We sent too many people up to Washington who blinked. We need a governor like this, someone who's willing to stick to his principles and make cold calls to recruit businesses."

Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart: "The most important thing was don’t blink, stand firm, we can do this."

Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland: "I like the governor. But I was disappointed. This was supposed to be a jobs speech. And he didn't talk about the 23,000 jobs lost when he cancelled high-speed rail."

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Jerald Pierce

In my opinion, the State of the State speech actually said NOTHING about the state of the state. Since moving to Florida in 1994, although I am a Democrat, I have experienced a succession of Republican governors whom I thought did a good job with their years in command. Rick Scott doesn't seem to have a clue as to what it is all about. A former CEO, he does not understand that government is a horse of a different color; one cannot climb by stepping on the backs of others as one often does in business.

George Fuller

Don't Blink was not the most impressive line......

The most impressive was: "Don't let special interests persuade you to turn your backs on the people who elected you."

Senator Haridopolos and Speaker Cannon should re-read that line.........several times....

I'm referring to the AG, Hospitality and Construction interests....and illegal aliens

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