Rick Scott’s two Charlies

For students of politics, it will be easy to tell very soon just how busy Gov. Scott’s pollster has been. After all, he has a nice, cushy job, but in order to keep it, he needs to keep the boss happy. In other words, he needs to get Scott’s poll numbers up — and fast.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Tuesday, February 5, 2013

If Charles Manson showed up at your door and offered you a free box of Girl Scout cookies, would it make you forget about his evil ways?

If you were a public school teacher who hasn’t had a pay raise in years, and Gov. Rick Scott offered you a $2,500 pay raise (merit pay be damned), would it make you forget that he cut  more than a billion dollars in the state’s education budget his first year in office and indirectly cut your take-home pay by 3 percent?

If you were a member of the Florida Legislature who sees himself as a team-playing, collaborative kind of guy who likes to plan spending and budgets, and things like pay raises for teachers, would it bother you that you learned of the governor’s $2,500 pay-raise-for-teachers plan by reading about it in the paper?

If you were a police officer or firefighter and learned that if you were to become permanently disabled on the job, you wouldn’t receive a dime in pension disability payments under proposed changes to the GOP’s pension reform plan, would you respond to a burglary  or fire at Scott’s mansion in Naples?

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Gov. Scott still fishing with wrong equipment

I recently went fishing for black drum with a couple of buddies who are retired firefighters. I point out that my buddies Tommy and Ronnie were firefighters, because you would assume that as such, they would be fully prepared for the day’s adventures.

By Chris Ingram

Special correspondent, the Tampa Tribune

Published July 12, 2011

I recently went fishing for black drum with a couple of buddies who are retired firefighters. I point out that my buddies Tommy and Ronnie were firefighters, because you would assume that as such, they would be fully prepared for the day’s adventures.

We went out on a boat with plans to anchor in between the pilings of the Courtney Campbell Bridge. When we arrived, Ronnie, the “captain,” realized we didn’t have an anchor, or even a dock line — both of which we later learned had been removed by his son-in-law. I started to wonder if he’d ever driven a firetruck to an inferno before realizing the hoses were back at the station.

After two hours of fishing with nothing to show for it but a near-empty bait bucket, our fearless captain got the idea that one of us should hold on to a piling to keep the boat from drifting and thus allow for a better feel of the black drum sucking on our bait.

This turned out to be a good idea, as within minutes of baiting the last blue crab, Ronnie hooked a 50-pounder — which he kindly let me reel in.

The day ended with smiles, ribbing our “captain” about his lack of equipment-checking skills, and thoughts of what could have been had we had all the proper tools — namely an anchor.

Our fishing adventure reminded me a lot of Gov. Rick Scott’s first six months in office.

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