Rick Scott says Ron DeSantis is continuing the good work he started as Governor

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A Miami radio interviewer asked Scott to evaluate his successor.

The chilly relationship between Gov. Ron DeSantis and his predecessor is not abating.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott was asked Tuesday to evaluate DeSantis’ performance as Governor. But during the interview on Miami’s WIOD radio, the Senator framed DeSantis as essentially following in his footsteps and continuing the job Scott did in Tallahassee for eight years, sidestepping opportunities to praise or otherwise evaluate his successor.

Asked if he “ever looks at what Gov. DeSantis does and say, ‘Wow, I didn’t know I could do that,'” Scott didn’t take the bait.

“Here’s what I like,” Scott said. “This state continues to focus on, how do we get more businesses here? How do we improve our education system? How do we take care of our law enforcement? If you think about a typical family, what do they want? I want a job. I want my kids to get a good education. I want to live in a safe community. And that’s what this state is continuing to do.”

Asked to address “some of the controversy that does seem to follow Gov. DeSantis,” and if “there’s a little too much noise,” Scott again didn’t take the bait.

“You get a lot of things brought to you that you didn’t anticipate,” Scott said. “But I really do think that the most important thing is to continue what we’ve been doing. As you know, when I got elected in 2010, the state was in trouble financially, with more people leaving the state than moving in.”

“We were able to turn the economy around,” Scott added. “And what I appreciate is that Tallahassee is continuing to work on that. But some things get brought to you based on what’s happening during the time. But what I’m glad about is we’re still focused on keeping our taxes low, keeping our economy going, making sure our kids have a good choice or parents have a good choice on where their kids go to school, and helping our law enforcement.”

Scott has offered critiques of the property insurance market under DeSantis, and sidestepped various controversies, including what one interviewer called the current Governor’s “war against vaccines.” Scott and DeSantis also failed to link up in the wake of last year’s hurricanes, with the current Governor not responding to the former Governor’s offers to help, according to Scott.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • tom palmer

    January 10, 2023 at 2:19 pm

    Unmentioned was the continued what-me-worry attitude toward environmental pollution and the fact that the short-sighted attitude on growth management continues.

    • Ocean Joe

      January 10, 2023 at 6:55 pm

      As you know, it’s not short sighted, it’s deliberate.
      Scott abolished the DCA and gutted water management districts.

      It’s been a 25 year smash and grab of the environment.
      A total reversal of what Askew, Graham, Martinez (R), and Chiles tried to protect.

      A few carpet baggers who showed little appreciation for the Florida wilderness, and helped import millions just like them who couldn’t last here a week without air conditioning.

  • rustic

    January 11, 2023 at 8:56 am

    Rona and Alien Rick – two turds circling the bowl. But for lots of Federal dollars pouring in, the State economy would be in dire straits. Bringing in more residents to live along the coasts and in wetlands is a ponzi scheme that will crash the economy just as it had crashed the ecology, just ask a manatee. So shut up your lies Carpetbagger Scott- your a piece of poop.

    • Al

      January 11, 2023 at 4:19 pm

      I agree Rustic, he was viewed by some as a hater of all first responders.
      He changed the retirement rules and tried to cut away at active and retiree benefits.
      The Florida Dept Corrections was decimated with budget cuts, no raises and no infrastructure repairs.
      One of the results is the National Guard is now working in our prisons because of staff shortages due to reasons stated.

  • James R. Miles

    January 12, 2023 at 7:12 am

    Two “do nothing” politicians. One who bought the governor’s office, the other who does NOT know the meaning of freedom if it bit him on his fat a$$! Fkoriduh can be so proud!!

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