Governor Rick Scott’s new chief of staff Adam Hollingsworth told a group of lobbyists Friday that the governor and his aides understand that interest groups need access to government, and he promised that on some level lobbyists and advocates will get it – though he noted that they may not always get what they want from those meetings.
“We’re not going to offer favoritism, we’re going to offer fairness,” he told the lobbyists.
Of course Hollingsworth said that! What did could he have said?
That the Scott administration intends on playing favorites? That the Scott administration has a secret list of who has been naughty and who has been nice?
While few lobbyists are willing to speak publicly about frustrations in the lobbying corps over access to the governor, it was voiced during a question and answer session with Hollingsworth, when lobbyist Susan Goldstein – a former Republican lawmaker from Broward County – said that some advocates have had trouble getting through to the governor and his staff.
She asked Hollingsworth whether that would continue to be the case.
How much Scott himself will meet with lobbyists, “going forward is an open question,” Hollingsworth acknowledged, but promised, “you’re always going to have access to us,” the governor’s staff.
Again, what else could Hollingsworth have said?
That some lobbyists, such as those who were not with Scott during the primary against Bill McCollum, won’t receive ‘most favored nation’ trading status like that bestowed on the lobbyists who tied themselves up in knots to kiss Scott’s butt after he beat McCollum.
Wouldn’t it have been a hoot if Hollingsworth had pulled back the curtain on how Tallahassee really works?
Material from David Royse of the News Service of Florida was used in this report.