Last night, Gov. Rick Scott's schedule showed he was hosting one of his workdays at Tampa International Airport where, coincidentally, President Barack Obama is flying for a jobs event. It's a coincidence the two are meeting (Scott had planned the event for quite some time).
The two are supposed to meet and, we hear, Scott is supposed to give some sort of welcoming gift to the president -- whose ObamaCare was a campaign gift to Scott in the 2010 tea-party election year. In the odd-couple world of politics, Obama and Scott have been in friendly frequent contact recently as they've worked together over an Everglades restoration water-quality plan.
If Scott hugs the prez, of course, that could be a gift to his fellow Republicans Jeff Atwater, the state CFO, or Adam Putnam, the agriculture commissioner whose energy bill faces a more-likely-than-ever veto. Both Putnam and Atwater have been rumored to be considering bids against Scott. But the chances are slim. Scott is feevrishly raising money and could have about $20 million in his political account by the dawn of 2014.
And, hey, Scott''s the prez's new BFF in Florida. So he's got that going for him.