Gov. Rick Scott's black cowboy boots came in especially handy Thursday as he visited the Florida State Fair in Tampa for the second year in a row. He posed for pictures next to prized heifers and held his 15-month-old grandson Auguste as he worked his way through the livestock pavilion.
Scott and the three Cabinet members ceremonially threw a switch to light the fair's garish midway, and then held a Cabinet meeting where the agenda was lighter than a funnel cake.
Workforce Florida and an economist for the Florida Association of Realtors cited figures showing the state is bouncing back economically -- themes that dovetail nicely with Scott's re-election message.
The governor repeated a favorite talking point of job gains compared to "the four years before I took office" -- obvious code for the years when Florida was led by Charlie Crist, the former governor who may challenge Scott in 2014 as a Democrat.
But the day also belonged to Adam Putnam, the state agriculture commissioner who emceed the Governor's Day Luncheon before a crowd of hundreds of Tampa Bay movers and shakers. For history's sake, Putnam said, "you must buy a deep-fried Twinkie."
-- Steve Bousquet, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau