Rick Scott had to rescind finance chair offer to John Rood because it would have pissed off co-chair Darlene Jordan

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Since news broke last night that Rick Scott rescinded an offer to John Rood to be finance chair of his re-election campaign, many have been wondering why Scott would play such games with an important donor.

The simple answer: Because Scott already had a finance chair still in place after Mike Fernandez resigned.

Fernandez was co-chair of Scott’s finance committee, the operative part of the word co-chair being “co-.” Along with Fernandez, Darlene Jordan held the “honorary title,” as Scott consultant Curt Anderson refers to it, of Finance Co-Chair.

Jordan is a former assistant district attorney in Boston and assistant attorney general in Massachusetts. She was also a National Finance Co-Chair for Mitt Romney.

Apparently, when Fernandez resigned, Jordan just assumed that the “co-” had been dropped from her title and now she THE Chair. According to two major Scott donors, Jordan was none-too-pleased with Scott asking Rood to be Finance Chair. That would have completely undermined her, she argued.

Facing the possibility of having another disgruntled Finance Co-Chair on his hands, Scott had to rescind his offer to Rood. 

By the way, Rood was already displeased with Scott’s campaign before this all happened. He was one of the major donors Fernandez suggested to the media that was out of sorts with Scott’s campaign. 

Being asked and then un-asked to be Finance Chair is probably not going over very well with Rood.

As for Jordan, the criticism of her is that she splits her time between Massachusetts and Palm Beach and that she will be out of the state for most of the rest of the campaign. The way things are going in Scottworld, that may not be such a bad thing. 

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.