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Despite dismal poll numbers, Rick Scott still a challenge for Democrats

by MarcACaputo

Rick Scott’s poll numbers look dismal. His finances don’t.

"One number should worry you: $70 million. That’s how much Rick Scott spent in 2010," Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, Miami-Dade’s new Democratic chairwoman, told Democrats this weekend.

To be clear, she was referring to Scott’s personal money. And it was actually closer to $75.1 million.

Include the Republican Party, and Scott probably spent just under $100 million. He was worth at least $218 million at the time, but reports he lost net worth after becoming governor. His wife has millions more.

Scott is prepared to spend as much or more in 2014.

The money race is on. And Democrats are losing it. But they know it.

That’s a big reason they picked Allison Tant on Saturday as state Democratic chairwoman. When she nominated Tant, Taddeo-Goldstein specifically mentioned Scott’s spending.

Tant knows campaign money. She raised it for U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and President Obama. She was recruited by Nelson and her friend, Congresswoman and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

In much of the nation, many liberals feel Republicans are in retreat after Obama’s win. Florida Democratic leaders and insiders showed this weekend that they don’t believe it.

A few Democrats and many Republicans see Obama’s victory as more of a coin-toss result instead of a mandate in Florida. The president won the state by just .9 percentage points. Obama’s 2008 margin: 2.8 points.

After that first Obama’s victory, magazines like Time displayed a May 18, 2009, cover of an elephant with the headline: “Endangered Species.”

Democrats proceeded to lose every statewide elected seat based in Tallahassee in 2010. They were swamped nationwide, too. Republicans, though, no longer hold the supermajority they won two years ago in the Florida Legislature thanks to the last election.

“It’s foolish to think the next election will be easy,” said Nan Rich, a former state Senate Democratic leader from Weston running for governor.

Column here


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Informed Voter

Rick Scott won because people did not know who he was and he spent 100 million convincing them he was someone else. Now the people of Florida know what a disaster of a Governor he has been and even with 100 million dollars he is going to have a VERY hard time getting elected again. I know at least 25 people who voted for him who say they will for anyone but Rick Scott and these are Republicans. Let's hope the Democratic party does not blow this election since they cleary have the advantage.

Another informed voter

I will vote for Rick Scott again. Liberals do not like them. What a shocker!

Bill J.

Marc, I have to respectfully disagree on two fronts.

First, Scott has stated time and again that he will not spend his money this time. He is naive enough to believe that "the party" is actually going to foot most of the bill. I mean look the guy has not even activated his 527 at this time. You see Republicans especially in Florida believe they can shut down their offices and go play golf for a year. Then like magic turn on the lights and hit the ground running. While Democrats to their credit are working year round. Their work is paying off.

Then there is the grassroots aspect. The Republicans, local, state and national choose to ignore them. Democrats choose to call them names. The facts are there. If not for the grassroots there would not have been a sweep in 2010. In 2012, so many so called "experts" came in and used old methods that do not work any longer. We did not have good candidates and the results speak for themselves. There were no activist in the streets. They were on provided cell phones, in quaint little offices acting as pollsters.

In 2014, Scott will not have the grassroots support. They see his actions of late and they Do Not approve. Word is that they feel they have been duped. They do not like that either. He refuses to meet with them and has changes his staff so drastically that it could easily pass for the Florida RINO Farm on highway US 1.

Bottom line it is going to be one disappointing time for the current Governor. I feel sorry for his family as they appear to be great people. I do not feel sorry for him as he has crawled into bed with the dog that has given him fleas. He deserves exactly what he is about to receive.

tony smith

Sorry - but money isn't everything. Romney will tell you that.

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