I'm looking at one of the many mail pieces that Rick Scott sent me when he was trying to win my vote.
In it, Rick's wearing a hard hat. And he's promising to "Stand up to the Tallahassee insiders" and "End business as usual."
I'd like that.
But I'm also looking at the financial reports for the inaugural bash Rick decided to throw for himself. In them, I see that Rick has promised everything from candlelight dinners to commemorative cufflinks to the special interests that will fund his celebration.
They took him up on the offer, to the tune of nearly $3 million.
For the big donors — those who gave $25,000 — there were even VIP tickets … to a prayer breakfast.
What an interesting way to honor the Almighty.
If Rick had really stood up to the special interests on his inaugural day — other than to give them "commemorative winter scarves" — most Floridians would have been thrilled.
Because even those of us who didn't vote for him can admit we got a little giddy about his anti-establishment bravado.
He was self-financed and full of independence.
Even if we didn't agree with all his policy proposals, maybe, we thought, Rick would finally be the guy to tell the special interests to pound sand.
But the optimism was short-lived. Because he has already started talking about sating the well-heeled lobbyists who bought special access to this week's festivities.
He has talked of turning growth decisions over to those who profit from them. And of siphoning money from public schools.
His advisers even talked about jacking up your power rates — so that businesses can have lower ones.
Are you kidding me?
No, says Rick. He wants the world to know that "Florida is open for business."
It's that particular slogan that makes me wonder if Rick is disingenuous or wildly uninformed.
Open for business? As if Florida has been too tough in recent years?
Like Jeb Bush had businesses drowning in high corporate-tax rates?
Like former House Speaker Tom Feeney was strangling them in government regulations?