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Rick Scott to appear at Donald Trump rally in Orlando

Florida Governor Rick Scott will appear at Friday night’s “thank you” rally in Orlando for President-elect Donald Trump.

The governor’s schedule has him slotted for a 6:00 p.m. appearance at the Trump event, to be held at the Central Florida Fairgrounds’ Orlando Amphitheater.

Trump’s event officially starts at 7:00 p.m., however.

Friday night’s gubernatorial appearance at the Trump rally in Orlando will be the first one for Gov. Scott in some time.

Scott introduced Trump at a June rally in Tampa, but the governor made no other appearances with Trump on the campaign trail.

Scott ran a Super PAC for Trump, Rebuilding America Now, so he was still involved heavily in Trump’s path to the White House.

“I’ve known Donald for about 20 years, long before either of us ever ran for office. He is a businessman and an outsider and he will bring the major change to Washington that our country needs right now. Donald’s race is also a lot like my race for Governor. No one said I had a chance of beating the career politicians when I ran, but I won anyway. We are going to win this Presidential race too,” Scott predicted over the summer.

Scott, termed out in 2018, is eyeing his own next move.

A Senate run has been rumored, and Scott’s own state PAC, Let’s Get to Work, is fundraising appropriately, with a $442,500 haul reported in November.

Trump’s rally was described by Randy Ross, the Orange County chairman of his 2016 campaign, as having an “eye on 2020.”

The crowd reaction for Gov. Scott, whose eye is on 2018, will be worth noting.

Our own Scott Powers will be on hand at the Trump rally Friday night; check back with FloridaPolitics.com and its sister site, OrlandoRising.com, for coverage from the event.

Gov. Scott will also make his monthly jobs numbers announcement in Orlando Friday morning, and Scott Powers will be on hand for that one as well.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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