BY BUDDY NEVINS
You’ve got wonder whether Gov. Rick Scott has the stamina to keep it up for another 18 months.
Scott doesn’t even have a credible Democratic opponent, yet he is running like its two weeks before the election.
On Monday, Scott launched his Teachers Pay Raise Pep Rally Tour. It got media coverage across Florida. He started at Piper High School in Sunrise then went to schools in West Palm Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach near Jacksonville.
On Tuesday, he started in Fort Myers by announcing that Hertz was moving its worldwide headquarters and 700 jobs to Estero, Florida from Park Ridge, New Jersey. He then flew to a middle school in Ocoee to continue his teachers pay raise tour.
Wednesday Scott was on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” morning show at 7:30 a.m., bragging about the Hertz move. Then it was a speech in Fort Lauderdale to discuss the impact of federal budget sequestration on hurricane readiness.
Meanwhile, his Tallahassee media office churned out news releases trumpeting everything from the 130 top Florida students winning National Merit Scholarships to Chief Executive Magazine naming the Florida the #2 state in the nation to do business “edging closer to knocking Texas off the top spot.”
Scott’s media team may call all this “governing.” Make no mistake. Scott is really campaigning.
The governor is campaigning to improve his standing in the polls.
He is campaigning to so that independents, conservative Democrats, women and maybe even teachers take a second look at a governor they had written off.
From the Democrats? Not a peep.
They Ds have no candidate yet, unless you count former state Sen. Nan Rich of Weston. If you think she is a plausible challenger for Scott, you’d be the only one.
Former Gov. Charlie Crist hasn’t stepped up…yet. No word from U. S. Sen. Bill Nelson.
While Crist and Nelson quietly mull over a run, we’ll hear a lot more from our governor.
My only question is whether the 60-year-old Scott can keep up this pace until November 2014.