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Rick Scott Remains Optimistic About Republicans’ Chances in 2014

by Javier Manjarres

With Republicans still licking their wounds two weeks out from an across-the-board thumping administered by the Democratic Party, the focus for both parties is now the 2014 mid-term elections, and two of those critical races will include high profile incumbent Republican Governors defending their seats.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Florida Governor Rick Scott have both gained national attention for their efforts against in opposition to widely unpopular and unsustainable ‘ObamaCare’ law as well as for standing up to the increasingly unrealistic demands of labor unions.

The latest Quinnipiac poll of Scott’s approval rating has him at 39%, a number that is much lower than Walker’s, who enjoys a 52% approval rating.

This low approval number is tethered in part to the current state of the overall  economy, but many Florida insiders expect this number to climb and approach 50%.  In a recent phone conversation, Governor Scott told the Shark Tank that he felt confident about the his prospects in 2014.  He also indicated that RPOF would be in better shape once the 2014 election season kicks into gear.

Scott and his family will be celebrating Thanksgiving back home in Naples, and he’ll be back in Tallahassee on Saturday to resume his gubernatorial duties.

The word on the street is that Scott’s team will be shuffling its staff around in anticipation of his 2014 gubernatorial re-election bid.

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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators.

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  • Jack Tarasar

    I live in Florida. I am a Conservative Independent voter. I VOTED for both Rick Scott and Marco Rubio. BOTH have been a dismal failure. Marco Rubio ran as a Tea Party Republican. As soon as he got into office, he did an about face and authoried a DREAM ACT for ILLEGAL ALIENS. Rick Scott did the same flip flop. Just one example of their failures. If they are the future of the Republican Party, it is even more proof that we need a THIRD Political Party if we are to succeed as a Nation. Everyone agrees, almost everyone, that the country is on the wrong track and facing doom. Yet, we cannot attract any decent candidates to run for election. It is ALL because of the money involved to make a run for even local offices, never mind State and Federal office. The money ALSO keeps terrible Incumbents in office. Example: Vern Buchanan. He is one of the top 10 most corrupt Congressman in D.C., yet he handily won re-election two weeks ago!!! Charles Rangel is another example. He is a Tax Dodger, a corrupt Politician many times over. And, HE was the Chairman of the powerful Ways & Means Committee. After ALL his misdeads came out, he was STILL re-elected by a landslide.
    Unless we remove the HUGE cash reserves needed to get elected or re-elected, we will continue to slide further into the toilet.

    • Joe Puig

      I guess you would rather have Charlie Crist for governor. The rumor is that he is looking for a run in 2014. Get real. I am not jumping from the frying pan into the fire. It isn’t “For the people” Charlie is for the government. That is why he signed a law that would allow “the government” access into home owner’s property to inspect their septic tanks. No fire for me!

      • Cat

        NO >>> I would RATHER have ALLEN WEST for Governor ..

        • Patriot

          Wholeheartedly agree – West for governor of FL

    • Ron Bedell

      I completely agree with you about Rubio. Furthermore, Senator Rubio voted for the NDAA which destroys all of our God given rights. How foolish!!! And so far he has been very supportive of the Internationalists. Internationalism is the biggest enemy of Christianity. I could not support Marco Rubio. When Marco Rubio was a candidate for the U.S. Senate he was endorsed by four big government Republican Washington Insiders: Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Dick Cheney, and Rudy Giuliani. He has been a disaster. Lastly, I really don’t think Rubio meets the constitutional qualifications to be U.S. President (Yes, Marco was born in the U.S. but not his parents).

      Now, concerning Rick Scott, I would have to be educated on him. I am not sure how he has done an about face after he was elected, though. I respect Rick Scott. I would like to know what he did wrong. I am against Obamacare and so is Rick Scott. Obamacare is unconstitutional and immoral. Furthermore, where in the constitution is the federal government given the authority to be passing health care laws? Nowhere! And as long as the health care industry knows they have a “sugar daddy” (federal government) paying the bill the cost of health care will continue to rise. Obamacare and any kind of federal government involved health care will eventually bankrupt our country.

      And I agree with Rick Scott on cleaning those voting files. That should be done in every election regardless of who it benefits.

      And I know that Rick Scott has made a lot of cuts in the state budget but what else could he do? The dollar is being destroyed by the unconstitutional Federal Reserve, and the unconstitutional policies of the Republicans and the Democrats.

      But I am still open minded to hearing how Rick Scott has done an about face, though. Please provide facts.

  • Tess

    Rick Scott is truly delusional. The fact that he thinks he has a snowball’s chance in hell is hysterically funny. Even the GOP is contemplating running a primary so they can have a viable candidate for Fl Governor in 2014. They don’t even have faith in Dick. Dickless Scott is the biggest piece of crap ever to enter our state.

    • Patriot

      Disagree, Tess. I think Scott has done a great job of doing what those elected him to do – CUT the BUDGET and STOP the INANE SPENDING. Necessary spending is far different, but the overspending by government must be curtailed. He has listened to We the People, not ignored us as Crist, the turncoat soon to be Dem supported by Morgan and Morgan Dems from the deep, always did.

  • Cat

    This from the man who is working WITH Obama regime to set up STATE Obamacare exchange … NO WAY! Fool me once shame on you .. I will NOT be fooled again!

  • Kissimmee patriot

    If Scott agrees to the Healthcare exchange, and if he does not do something about the illegal Aliens draining our state treasury for the Benefit of the Big agriculture interests in the State Senate and House, he will be run out on a Rail like a lap dog should. The People of Florida want representatives, not self serving phonies looking out for their own interests at our expense.

  • Tom

    Rick Scott king of voter suppression. He will be kicked to the curb in 2014.

  • http://netellerexchange.com andy

    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Florida Governor Rick Scott have both gained national attention for their efforts against in opposition to widely unpopular and unsustainable ‘ObamaCare’ law as well as for standing up to the increasingly unrealistic demands of labor unions.

    The latest Quinnipiac poll of Scott’s approval rating has him at 39%, a number that is much lower than Walker’s, who enjoys a 52% approval rating.

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