Florida Governor Rick Scott and Florida Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran have been involved in a feud over Enterprise Florida. Most recently, the Sunshine State’s Governor subtly threw shade at Corcoran in his State of the State address.
Florida Representative Jose “Pepe” Diaz, in an exclusive interview with Shark-Tank, weighed in on the feud and commented that he believes the feud is “actually getting better.”
Diaz explained that he thinks “that the Governor is not being overly aggressive and attacking people or coming at the house directly in that speech on the house floor and Richard not going directly at the Governor right before he got there was a step forward.” Not attacking each other in said way is beneficial because “There’s a difference between the outside world and once you’re in the arena. This is the time for them to figure out how this ship is gonna land.”
Representative Corcoran said that he aimed to take this week to gut Enterprise Florida. In response to this, Representative Diaz stated that he believes “ultimately, everybody understands that if a bill passed that did not meet the Governor’s approval, he would veto it. So, I think this is setting the stage more for an appropriations battle. How much money goes and where does it get redirected to? Does it go directly to Enterprise Florida? Are things taken away under the auspices of Enterprise Florida? I’ve learned in this process that there are conversation worth having.”
When asked if it was just a show of two sides pounding their chests, Diaz commented that “I think that they both believe what they’re saying, which is is good. They’re not coming from a place where they’re disagreeing just to disagree. But, if you look at what the Governor said… I think that we’re on the same page on a bunch of things, especially when you consider that we have an 81 billion dollar budget and we’re fighting ultimately over 115 million dollars.”