Public opinion polls, pundits, and news reporters, all seem to think that Florida Governor Rick Scott is extremely vulnerable because of the perception that he is “unlikeable.”
Polls are polls, and all of the past and recent polls seem to indicate that Scott is not very well liked by Floridians.
If Scott is truly looked upon in this negative light, its because of the effective messaging the Democratic Party has used to paint him as a corporate-junkie stiff with no personality.
Look, if it is news, it needs to reported, regardless of how bad it make any politician look.To many of us in the press, Scott is a really nice guy, but seems to clam up and delve into a robotic trance during news conferences or interviews.
His opponent, Charlie Crist, who has always been an engaging politician, is quite the opposite. Crist will “hug-it-out” with anyone, as long as he thinks it will benefit him, but has yet to able substantiate his line of attacks against Scott.
Crist has been campaigning against Scott’s fundraising prowess, saying that Scott is beholden to “special interest” money, and is raising campaign dollars from those very “special interests” groups.
The latest “soft money” donations show that Scott received $5.84 million from his Let’s Get to Work committee, while at the same time, Crist has only been able to raise $1.28 million.
Still, $1.28 million is an impressive haul, but a lot of that money, as well as Crist’s “hard money” comes from special interest trial attorneys, which puts a whole in his “special interest” fundraising attacks against Scott.
Both candidates can bypass the $3,000 individual contribution limits by raising dollars through the ECOs. Their actual campaign committees won’t have to disclose donations for the month until mid-December.
But by the metric available, Scott is showing out of the gate why his fund-raising base may be deeper. His largest donation for the month is $1 million from Mike Fernandez, a health-care billionaire from Coral Gables.
Crist’s largest donation is $250,000 from the Grossman Roth trial law firm in South Florida.
Scott has 492 contributors for the month, the median contribution is $1,000 and the mean is $11,864.By comparison, Crist had 45 contributors, the median contribution was $10,000 and the mean was $28,455-Orlando Sentinel
The recent Quinnipiac poll has Crist’s lead over Scott down to single digits, and significantly lower with Independent voters.
Scott will undoubtedly raise the necessary dollars to be able to counter the bad press he will continue to receive, but will also be able to effectively sell his gubernatorial accomplishments.
Scott will be able to tout the fact that he has effectively helped lower the state unemployment rate, bring businesses to Florida, as well as promote the undeniable fact that he has helped create more jobs under his watch, than Crist did when he was governor.
Remember, Florida’s economy was in the tank, and the unemployment rate ranked up there as one of the worst in the country under Crist’s term as governor of Florida.With this governor’s election coming to a head in November 2014, one thing is for sure about the race-even as polls continue to fluctuate- this could possibly be the ugliest, most expensive gubernatorial races in modern American history.