Monday, June 20, 2011

Governor Rick Scott wants to help you spam your local newspaper

Rick Scott is getting desperate.

From the Orlando Sentinel's Scott Maxwell:
Rick Scott cares! He really does care!

For a guy who claims not read newspapers — or care what the polls say or the public thinks — Rick Scott sure is putting a lot of effort into trying to score some good publicity.

In fact, if regular old rank-and-file Floridians won’t write nice things about him in letters to the editor, Scott has decided to write the words for them.

One of the newest features on www.rickscottforflorida.com is a page where Scott supporters can send pre-written letters of praise for Scott … written by Scott’s campaign team. Just pick the newspaper you want to contact. (Yes, the Sentinel is one of the seven.) And then you can add your name to a letter that says: “While politicians usually disappoint us and rarely keep their promises, Rick is refreshing because he’s keeping his word. His policies are helping to attract businesses to our state and get people back to work.”

It’d be even more refreshing to read letters sent by people who actually wrote them themselves. But it appears that Scott has reached the point where he doesn’t care about such nuances.

You can read the full pre-written letter – and attach your own signature to it – here: http://www.rickscottforflorida.com/2011/06/14/email-a-newspaper-editor/
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The thing that jumps out at me is that the St. Petersburg Times is not one of the seven newspapers.

The Times has the largest circulation of any newspaper in Florida. Perhaps, even Rick Scott and his handlers know that St. Pete Times readers - and editors - are too smart to fall for a cheesy stunt like this.

The text of the letter is posted below...in case "Psycho Rick" tried to remove that page.
Dear Editor,

When Rick Scott ran for Governor he promised to create jobs and turn our economy around. I voted for Rick because he’s always been a businessman, not a politician.

While politicians usually disappoint us and rarely keep their promises, Rick is refreshing because he’s keeping his word.

His policies are helping to attract businesses to our state and get people back to work. Some of the special interests are attacking the Governor for making tough decisions, showing leadership, and doing what he told us he would do.

Rick Scott deserves our unwavering and enthusiastic support. How can we expect to elect leaders who will keep their word and do what’s right for our state if we don’t stand up for those with the courage to set priorities, make difficult choices, and actually deliver on their promises made?

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