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This is XXXV of MY STUPID STATE where I document what happens when a state full of Democrats elect a veto-proof, right-wing legislature along with a teabag, CRIMINAL governor to lead us. (Once again, yes--an actual bona-fide criminal who literally stole from seniors, who subsequently elected him.)

This is my documentation of my beloved but idiotic state's slow descent into chaos.

From Bloomberg:

Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign asked Florida Governor Rick Scott to tone down his statements heralding improvements in the state’s economy because they clash with the presumptive Republican nominee’s message that the nation is suffering under President Barack Obama, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Scott, a Republican, was asked to say that the state’s jobless rate could improve faster under a Romney presidency, according to the people, who asked not to be named.

Don't worry, Mittens.  It's nothing Rick Scott can take credit for anyway.  Not at all.  

What has happened is part of a national trend, the jobless rate is slowly improving.  But I challenge you to tell me anything the state GOP has done to help with that.

Here is what the Tea Party legislature has given us since last year: 17 bills to restrict abortion, the largest cuts in education and health care in our state history (along with thousands of government jobs cut), and then passed a slew of voter suppression laws you've heard about.

On top of that, Rick Scott turned down High-Speed Rail last year, instantly costing us 48,000 jobs which were desperately needed in the construction industry where unemployment was at an all time high of 20%...for the sole reason that Obama was behind it.  It was our only Democratic Senator, Bill Nelson, who was fighting OUR OWN governor to KEEP those jobs in Florida.

Not ONE jobs bill in two years, unless you count that one dwarf-tossing bill as job creation.  (Yes, they really did say that.) So they can take credit for the 10 people who got work out of degrading themselves.

Everything else is Obama's recovery, who seems to be the only one fighting at all for the middle class.  Naturally, Rick Scott, who is now ferociously backpedaling his claim that he would create 700,00 jobs, is nonetheless trying to take all the credit for the uptick in growth:

The state Republican party ran a television ad in March crediting Scott, who is a year and a half into a four-year term, for drops in the unemployment rate.

“Companies are hiring, expanding, putting more Floridians to work,” the ad narrator said. “Florida’s unemployment rate continues to get better.”

Unfortunately, this causes Mittens some problems:

“The first time I saw that ad I initially thought it was an Obama ad,” said Brad Coker, managing director of the Washington-based Mason-Dixon Polling & Research. “They’ll have to tamp it down.”
Yes, they will have to tamp that down to help poor Mittens.  My God, if people get back to work, how we will ever justify giving extra tax cuts to billionaires that has worked out so well?

Nobody is buying that Monty Burns impersonator Rick Scott can take any credit, including Mittens himself.  Rick Scott remains wildly unpopular and Mittens refuses to campaign with Rick Scott when he visits Florida.   But he can't avoid him forever:

This is unwelcome news for Mitt Romney: Florida Gov. Rick Scott expects a high-profile speaking slot at the Republican National Convention...

Nothing says "Elect Mitt Romney!" like an unpopular multimillionaire awkwardly making the case on national TV.


7:36 AM PT: See Laura Clawson's diary on this as well.

Originally posted to SemDem on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 07:23 AM PDT.

Also republished by DKos Florida.

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