2011 Legislative Session
TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—“This is the best job ever,” Gov. Rick Scott said May 3 during the waning days of the annual legislative session in an exclusive interview with Florida Baptist Witness.
In the 20-minute interview in the governor’s office in the Capitol, the first-time public office-holder spoke about the demands of being governor, comparisons of private sector and political office work, and his church attendance practice since taking office in January.
Scott also offered limited observations about legislation then under consideration in the Legislature and the demise of the homosexual adoption ban, and praised the operation that resulted in the death of al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden.
Asked about his rigorous daily schedule, Scott said his long work hours do not differ much from his daily routine in the private sector, noting his day usually begins with a 5 a.m. workout.
“This is the best job ever. I’ve always enjoyed my job. But I like doing this,” he said.
The only “real difference” between his prior role running a large company and running state government is the “media attention,” Scott said, although he added, with “big companies, there’s plenty of media, too.”
Scott said the burdens of running large businesses—his largest had 285,000 employees—is very similar to what it takes to push for change in state government, noting that both roles require the ability to persuade, work with people, compete, meet goals, and measure results.
He rejected claims of critics that his background in business has not prepared him for the nuisances of Tallahassee.
“Try to get 285,000 to go in one direction. It’s not easy either,” he said, while adding that he is frustrated sometimes with “how long things take” to get done, a frustration carried over from the business world.
Still, Scott affirmed the deliberative process in Tallahassee.
“It’s the way the political system works. … The process is a good process because you ultimately often end up with a better result. Same with business,” he said.
Scott is unconcerned by public opinion polls finding him to be unpopular.
“The way I look at it is my job is not to become the most popular person. I ran on a campaign to make this state the most successful and to turn the state around. And that’s what I’m doing every day,” he said.
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