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Former governor and now U.S. Sen. Rick Scott appeared fleetingly in Tallahassee on Tuesday, sitting next to Gov. Ron DeSantis and first lady Casey DeSantis for just under an hour before he left to take his private plane to Washington.
Scott ended up missing DeSantis’ speech, where he was praised for bringing a “laser-like focus” on job creation during his eight years governing Florida. DeSantis tweaked his pre-written remarks to tell the crowd that Scott had to leave early for his own 4 p.m. swearing-in ceremony but wished him well.
It was a small moment, but not the first time Scott disrupted his successor’s plans to take the reins.
At 6 p.m. Friday, Scott announced the appointments of more than 70 people to various boards and committees. Then, on Monday, mere hours before DeSantis technically became governor, Scott issued several more appointments, bringing the grand total to 84.
DeSantis told reporters Monday that he will “definitely rescind” some of the “lame duck appointments,” and that he’s “going to look at all of them.”
Behind the scenes, Scott’s handiwork received a cooler reception. U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Panhandle Republican who served as a co-chair on DeSantis’ transition team, said the team was “frequently frustrated” with Scott. Gaetz said he was personally “put off” by Scott’s flurry of last-minute appointments.
“When he stood up [to leave during DeSantis’ inaugural ceremony] I was wondering if he was running back to the office to make nine or 10 more appointments,” Gaetz said.
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