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Rick Scott remains tight-lipped about U.S. Senate bid

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Gov. Rick Scott remains tight-lipped about his 2018 plans, telling CNN he won’t make any decision about the U.S. Senate race until “later.” “I’ve always said the same thing: It’s 2017. The race is in 2018. I won’t make a decision until later,” said Scott during an interview with Erin Burnett on her show Erin Burnett OutFront. “Politicians seem to worry about their next job. I’ve got 570 days to go in this job. I’m trying to make Florida No.…

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Rick Scott announces Jackie Schutz Zeckman as next chief of staff

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Jackie Schutz Zeckman has been tapped to serve as Gov. Rick Scott’s right hand woman. The Naples Republican announced Tuesday that Schutz Zeckman will serve has his chief of staff beginning July 1. She’ll replace Kim McDougal, Scott’s current chief of staff, who is departing to pursue opportunities in the private sector. “Jackie has been on my team since my first year in office and has done a great job leading my communications efforts and conveying my vision of Florida…

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Rick Scott releases excerpts of RGA speech for Monday night

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Gov. Rick Scott has released excerpts of his prepared remarks for Monday night’s Republican Governor’s Association’s Executive Roundtable Reception and Dinner in Orlando. “Expected attendees include around 30 Republican governors from all across the country, including new incoming governors,” said Melissa Stone, spokeswoman for Let’s Get to Work, Scott’s political committee, and his former chief of staff. The unedited excerpts are below: “The most striking part about this election is how the pundits and the so-called ‘experts’ inside the beltway had already…

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Candidates use Rick Scott’s praise to try to boost their primary chances

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Some state Senate candidates may be getting a little boost from Gov. Rick Scott. Ritch Workman in Senate District 17 and Kathleen Passidomo in Senate District 28 have released advertisements featuring Scott. In both of the ads, Scott is shown touting their accomplishments. “When Gov. Scott needed a big job done, he called in the Workman,” an announcer says in a 30-second spot for Workman. “He’s one of the hardest working members of the Florida Legislature, and I got to work closely with him when we…

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