Poor Janet Zink, spokesperson for Tampa International Airport

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Poor Janet Zink, spokesperson for Tampa International Airport.

Since leaving the Tampa Bay Times for her job at the airport, it’s been nothing but basically good news for TPA. New routes (including to Zurich), increased traffic and, with offerings from the The Columbia and Mise En Place, even better food in the terminals.

Then Rick Scott came along and ruined it all.

Scott is hoping to record a message greeting travelers at the airport. Under a proposed script, Scott would welcome visitors and tell them Tampa Bay is a great place to live, work and play.

The idea was born out of a conversation the governor had when he performed one of his “workdays” at the airport in April.

“When I did my workday there at the Tampa Airport, I got to go to the planes and welcome everybody to the airport and it was a lot of funworking there,” said Gov. Scott.

In other words, the least popular governor in the country, now wants to be the first thing visitors think about when they come to Florida.

This leaves Zink (a friend who attended Michelle’s and my wedding) in an awful spot.

After all, how do you tell the governor, ‘Thanks, but no thanks’?

“I think it’s nice that the governor wants to support the Tampa Bay region and the airport,” Zink is quoted as saying in a story for the Tampa Tribune. (I haven’t spoken to Zink about this issue.)

What else could she say?

Certainly not what Share Kiser, 35, of Sarasota said. “I just don’t care for anything about him. His politics. His voice.”

“It’s an annoying voice,” said Kiser, a registered independent who on Friday afternoon was waiting at Tampa International to leave for a flight to North Carolina.

Something tells me more folks agree with Kiser than they do Zink.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.