Rick Scott, Governor Slurpee, channels Ben Gazzara while defending jobs record

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On Sunday, Governor Rick Scott appeared on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley.  While attempting to avoid the 800-pound gorilla in the room, which is why it took so long for his administration to react appropriately to the Travon Martin incident – Scott attempted to defend his jobs record by touting the news that 7-Eleven is returning to Jacksonville with several hundred new jobs.

Only in economic times like this does the governor of the fourth largest state in the nation appear on CNN to brag about a chain of convenience stores coming to the state.

Gov. Scott’s allies on Twitter did not share my assessment that it’s embarrassing to see our governor extol the virtues of bringing hundreds of low-wage store clerk jobs to the state. Scott spokesman Brian Burgess tweeted:

@SaintPetersblog – tell that to the 800 people who will go to work for them.

Understand, I am not minimizing the impact of these jobs.  The world needs store clerks.  I get that.  And I love 7-Eleven (I am the Mayor on Foursquare of the 7-Eleven near our neighborhood because my wife loves Slurpees).

But it’s just embarrassing for the Governor to brag about bringing several hundred low-wage jobs to Florida.  Can you imagine Andrew Cuomo or or Chris Christie or Mitch Daniels or Bobby Jindal bragging about the ‘return of 7-Eleven’?

It’s not like the convenience store chain produces micro-processors rather than taquitos?

Actually, Rick Scott kinda reminds me of Ben Gazzara’s villainous character Brad Wesley in the classic film Road House who brags:

“I brought the mall here.  I got the 7-Eleven.  I got the Photomat here. Christ, JC Penney is come here because of me.  You ask anybody.  They’ll tell you.”

So, congrats, Governor Slurpee.  Now, all you have to do is get Florida a Photomat.

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.