Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday told a gathering of Florida business and political leaders that the recession that befell Florida under the watch of his predecessor “never should have happened.”
“We never should have had that downturn,’’ Scott told the Sayfie Review Florida Leaders Summit in Orlando, suggesting that Florida’s economic troubles in the midst of the global recession that spiraled out of control in 2008 after the fall of the nation’s largest investment banks was the fault of his predecessor, former Gov. Charlie Crist.
Crist, now a Democrat, is the governor’s likely challenger in 2014 but neither has officially announced a campaign.
Nonetheless, Scott’s comment to the crowd, unadorned by context or explanation, was the latest sign that the governor is broadening his campaign talking points even though he has not officially announced his re-election bid.