State has sent letters filled with Rick Scott campaign talking points to 425,000 business license holders…so far
By Matt Dixon (PolitiJax) October 28, 2013 – 7:05pm
If you’ve gotten a new business or professional license this year or renewed your existing license, chances are you know Gov. Rick Scott’s biography better than you did in 2012.
Starting in 2013, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation started sending letters packed with glowing tid-bits about Scott’s background to those who receive or renew licenses.
“Growing up, my parents struggled financially,” the letter reads. “In fact, when I started school, we lived in public housing.”
“I was able to dream big dreams, work hard, and have them come true,” continues the letter, which also reminds people Scott is a Navy veteran.
Those facts, like others in the new letter, closely mirror stories Scott tells on the campaign trail.
In addition, newly licensed business owners now know Scott‘s top three goals. Those include: making Florida the “No. 1 place for business,” lowering cost of living, and making sure school’s “prepare students for the career or college of their dreams.”
Those items are talking-points Scott and the Republican Party of Florida use when discussing the first-term governor’s 2014 re-election bid.
The text of the letter was written by Scott’s office and given to the department to circulate, according to DBPR spokeswoman Tajiana Ancora-Brown. Scott’s office oversees DBPR.
She said that the letters have so far gone to 425,596 people. Scott’s office said it’s an effort to reach out to “job creators,” not score political points.
“Governor Scott reaches out and recognizes Floridians for their achievements, including Florida job creators who are turning around our state’s economy and fueling economic growth,” said Jackie Schutz, a Scott spokeswoman.