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Candidate Profile: Gubernatorial Candidate Rick Scott

Published Monday, August 18, 2014 12:03 am

BRADENTON -- Incumbent candidate Rick Scott is seeking a second term as Governor of Florida. Currently running neck and neck in the polls with leading Democratic candidate Charlie Crist  the battle for the Governor's Mansion is currently a toss-up with months to go before the gubernatorial election. Still, Scott will face two opponents on the GOP primary ballot, though neither has been able to mount anything resembling an effective campaign against the Governor.


Born in Bloomington, Illinois, Scott was raised in Kansas City, Missouri where he graduated from North Kansas City High School before joining the U.S. Navy for 29 months as a radar technician. Afterward, Scott earned degrees from University of Missouri-Kansas City (Business Administration) and Texas's Southern Methodist University (law degree).


While quickly earning a reputation as a budget-cutting conservative after coming into the Governor's Mansion, many of Scott's political actions and statements seem to have shifted over the past couple of years. In 2011, the Governor's budget raised tuition costs by 8 percent for students and gave the green light for state colleges to raise tuition by 5 percent the following year. But last year, he openly criticized universities for increasing tuition, and in June of this year he signed a tuition bill for illegal immigrants into law.


On the environment, Scott publicly rejected man-made climate change four years ago, but has recently been reluctant to speak on the issue. After a term that frequently rendered criticism from environmentalists for not adequately protecting Florida's springs, the Everglades and gutting the DCA, Scott announced a $1 billion proposal for addressing various environmental issues, including water quality, land conservation and targeting polluters. 


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I am very pleased that Adrian Wyllie will be a part of the debate. Floridians deserve to hear from all the candidates to be well informed. Adrian Wyllie deserves my vote and yours too. He is a honest average Floridian just as you and I , that is willing to stand up and do something for the interest of all of us here in Florida. The other candidates both Republican and Democrat are owned and controlled by special interest, like puppets and will lie to your face to gain your vote, then continue the same old agenda that we complain about year after year. Time to get off this merry-go-round, election after election, thinking it will be any different. Take a stand, vote for the candidate that loves this state and is willing to take time out of his life, effort and money to SERVE the people of Florida and stop voting for these 'paid for' career politicians that are only out for money and fame and have zero interest in us Floridians. Even if it's just for honesty alone, vote for Adrian Wyllie instead of the other two (Scott/Crist) which are proven liars. The choice is yours and yours alone, if you want the same old corruption and slap in the face, go ahead and vote for one of the two puppets (Scott/Crist) OR do what is right for our (yours and your children's) future and vote for Adrian Wyllie. Support him by donating to his campaign, spreading the word and contribute to the super brochure program which I think is very powerful. Visit his website today.
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