Texas Gov. Rick Perry joins Florida Gov. Rick Scott tonight for a New Smyrna Beach fundraiser tonight in yet another sign of the ongoing friendship between the two governors.
Before he was first elected in 2010, Scott said he wanted to emulate Perry's job-creation record and, since taking office in Tallahassee, Florida's job-growth has been the best in the nation, albeit Texas' economy has remained in much-better shape because of the petroleum industry.
They even challenged each other in a light-hearted fishing competition (Scott won) in 2012, when Perry hired Scott's campaign brain trust (polster Tony Fabrizio and ad men Curt Anderson and Nelson Warfield) to work on his presidential campaign. Perry's contemplating a second run in 2016.
As for tonight's fundraiser, Perry said in a written statement: “Governor Rick Scott understands that private sector growth is generated by lowering taxes and improving the workforce. The people of Florida are enjoying the benefits of Governor Scott’s leadership as their quality of life improves and taxes decrease, allowing them to keep more of their hard-earned money.”