First and foremost, thank you. Thank you to the more than 1,200 people who signed up on the original Facebook page “Boo Rick Scott on Opening Day (even if you’re not going to the game). Thank you to Mark Ferrulo of Progress Florida for being my partner in crime on this project. Thank you to my girlfriend Michelle, who on my way out the door on Friday morning said, “Go cause trouble!” (She knows me too well.) Thank you to the local journalists who provided coverage of this little stunt and helped make things more right in the world, if but for a few moments.
More important, thank you to all of the teachers and firefighters and police officers and state workers and all of those impacted by Governor Rick Scott’s decisions who came out to the game to show him just how upset the overwhelming majority of this state is with his leadership. You could see, with how Gov. Scott hustled on and off the field last night, that he has to feel at least an iota of embarrassment. Is that iota of embarrassment enough to make him change his ways? Certainly not, but if there are enough days like yesterday, perhaps he will change course. But if he doesn’t, this state will most certainly change course in 2014.
Anyway, here are some of the links to the coverage of last night’s event:
An audio file of the booing here.
St. Petersburg Times – Gov. Scott hears chorus of boos at Rays game:
The line of protesters leading to the Trop was about 125 strong Friday, and they had one sentiment for Gov. Rick Scott.
If Scott missed them as he made his way into the stadium, it’s unlikely he missed the chorus of hecklers who serenaded his ceremonial first pitch at 6:45 p.m.
“I heard it through thick glass windows,” said Perry Banse, 53, of Largo, who was inside the Everglades BBQ Smokehouse restaurant in the centerfield concession area.
St. Petersburg Times:Gov. Rick Scott got booed by a majority of the sellout crowd of 34,078.
Tampa Tribune – Boo birds greet Governor:
The boos echoed inside Tropicana Field from fans angry over many moves that Scott has made during his short stint as governor.
“I think he’s a fraud,” Pearlman said. “I think he’s a criminal.”
Hundreds of protesters lined the main entrance to the Tropicana Field parking lots on both sides of the street. Throughout the afternoon they chanted “Boo Rick Scott,” which was the stated purpose of theBoo Rick Scott social media campaign by activists.
However, the boobirds at Tropicana Field were encouragedby St. Pete political consultant Peter Schorsch, who created the well-hyped“Boo Rick Scott on Opening Day” Facebook page.
“He asked to run government like a business. A lot of businesses decide after 90 days whether you stay on the job or be fired. Well Governor Scott is coming up on 90 days right now. If we ran this as a business, I think he’d be fired,” adds Schorsch.
Fox 13 – Opening Day not all fun and games:
Friday night’s Rays opener started with a round of boos ?not for the opposing team, but for Governor Rick Scott. The thousands in the stands were loud, but the governor simply threw out the ball, waved, and smiled.
Central Florida News 13 – Protests and boos greet Rick Scott at Rays opener:
Governor Rick Scott did not receive a warm welcome when he threw the first pitch at the Rays opening game at Tropicana Field.