MELBOURNE, Florida -- As the 2014 Florida Governor's race approaches, Florida Governor Rick Scott has been making a series statements to the press this past week on what he says is a pro-job growth record in Florida.
Governor Scott's statements follow former Florida Governor Charlie Crist's recent announcement that he changed party his affiliation to Democrat, leading many to speculate that Crist wants his old job back.
Just like the 2012 Presidential election, Central Florida's I-4 corridor often provides the swing votes on whether a Democrat or Republican will occupy the Governor's mansion in Tallahassee. Not suprisingly then, the Governor's office released a statement entitled, "What They Are Saying... Governor Scott’s Record of Job Creation Growing Businesses in Orlando Area."
Among the quotes from Central Florida business leaders, the Governor's office cites the President of Embraer Aircraft Holding Inc., Gary Spulak as saying, “This latest achievement is a testament to the close partnership we have with the state of Florida and economic development authorities on the Space Coast and Melbourne, without which this aviation campus would not have been possible.”
Also quoted was President and CEO of Harris Corporation, William Brown, as saying "For our community and state, it represents our commitment to being here for the long term and continuing to play a key role in the region’s economic growth. One aspect of that is a commitment to use local suppliers when possible, and we are very pleased to team with these respected Central Florida construction firms to make our new technology center a reality.”
Noticeably absent was any quote from BlueWare CEO Rose Harr, whose contracts with Brevard County Clerk of Court Mitch Needelman are immersed in controversy over allegations of political cronyism by Clerk of Court - Elect, Scott Ellis. The controversy has been further exacerbated by Needelman's recent decision to take out a $6.1 million loan to funnel more money upfront to BlueWare before he leaves office.
Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a press release about BlueWare earlier this year that:
“BlueWare’s choice to move to Florida is a testament to the strength of our business climate and the result of a common vision for economic growth by local, regional, business and government partners,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott. “Today’s announcement is a great win for the Space Coast, as well as for the entire state.”