Gov. Scott ends week of miscues and misfires by backing off posting of rankings of election supervisors

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Gov. Rick Scott’s office won’t post rankings of elections supervisors after the supervisors complained the survey that led to the rankings was flawed.

Secretary of State spokesman Chris Cate told the Tampa Bay Times that the office is still committed to improving the performance of supervisors, who are independently elected. “We’ve taken the first step to find an elections measurement tool and we will be working with supervisors to improve upon this tool to measure the performance of future elections,” Cate told the Times.

This walk-back capped a horrible, but typical, week for the Governor.

There was the public relations disaster surrounding his signing of the anti-Cuba/Syria legislation; he took another PR hit with his announcing he wants to redirect $31 million in funding for the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence; he vetoed funding for the state’s 11 regional planning councils and, now, this matter with the elections supervisors.  And that’s leaving out Scott’s brush-off of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s request to ban concealed weapons near the Republican National Convention.

As Daniel Ruth observed, “As bad weeks go, you might argue John Edwards, on trial for being a louse in North Carolina, was practically tiptoeing through the tulips compared to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who over the course of a few short days may have successfully managed to offend more people than crazy-as-a-loon Gainesville pastor Terry Jones contemplating a match and a Koran.”

If Scott continues to have these kinds of weeks, Charlie can’t get here soon enough.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.