Press release from the Florida Democratic Party: After riding a Tea Party wave into office, Governor Rick Scott has spent his first year with his approval rating completely under water. Scott’s rock-bottom approval, due largely to his extremist social policies that protect the wealthy special interests, has earned him the title of most unpopular Governor in the country – beating out stiff competition from extremist GOP Governors in Wisconsin and Ohio. Scott’s far-right agenda, however, has not been limited to the legislature.
The Governor has spent much of his first year challenging his authority and wasting taxpayer dollars in the courts while ignoring Florida’s Public Record Laws by permanently deleting state emails between himself and his political cronies. It’s not surprising a corrupt CEO who does not think the rules apply to people like him, has accepted the corruption in Tallahassee and pushed an extreme agenda that is out of step with most Floridians. Including, focusing on pandering to the Tea Party over creating jobs.
Scott campaigned on his 7-7-7 jobs pledge but after only a year in office the Governor has begun to backtrack – proving he offers more political rhetoric than reality on job creation. Scott’s jobs failure centers around his pursuit of an extremist social issue agenda that has protected corporations and special interest, while simultaneously promoted policies that destroy the middle class and force Florida’s economic recovery to lag behind the rest of the nation. Scott has engaged in an unholy alliance between the wealthy special interests who funded his campaign and the radical Tea Party extremists — and the results have been disastrous for Florida’s future.
As the Governor gears up for his second legislative session, the Florida Democratic Party is issuing a report card on Scott’s first year in office and the results are a resounding F. On issue after issue, Scott has failed to keep his promise on jobs and education, has violated the state’s constitution and Sunshine laws, and rolled back years of protections on Florida’s Everglades and wetlands.
To view the report card, visit RatingRick.com.