Gov. Rick Scott’s recent recruiting sortie to Democratic California may ultimately result in a relocation or two but for now, it’s mainly producing bad poaching publicity. Gov. Jerry Brown labeled it–and the accompanying Enterprise Florida radio ads criticizing higher minimum wages–a “silly political stunt.” Other criticism, such as “full-blown stalker,” was much more biting. And, yes, unconscionable climate-change ignorance and “health care fraud” were referenced. Scotts owns it.
And then there’s always this: What does it say about your business acumen when you defend your opposition to lifting the trade embargo with Cuba? Imagine, trumpeting a Cold War era stance that self-limits a nearby, viable market–one that would benefit Florida more than any other state. Impressive.