Another Rick Scott business recruiting trip, but you won’t believe where

Florida Gov. and frequent business visitor Rick Scott usually confines his out-of-state recruiting trips to places with Democratic governors.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott often looks beyond his state’s borders to try to attract businesses to the Sunshine State. So his five “business development meetings” in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday and today aren’t a complete shocker — especially since Scott is expected to be in town for a Republican Governors Association event.

But Scott’s Nashville sessions, and a trip to Las Vegas last month, are noteworthy because they are the first business-recruiting trips Scott has made to states with Republican governors.

In 2013, Scott sent hundreds of recruiting letters to business leaders in five states with Democratic governors — California, Illinois, Maryland, Connecticut and Minnesota. In 2015, he made job-hunting visits to New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Kentucky and California. He planned a trip to Louisiana last year, but it was scrubbed. All those states had Democratic governors at the time Scott visited.

With Republicans now holding 34 governorships, it’s tough to limit poaching to blue states.

“Gov. Scott takes every opportunity to meet with businesses and convince them to move to Florida. This includes meetings with businesses in both Nevada and Tennessee in past few weeks,” Scott spokeswoman Lauren Schenone said today. “The governor will continue to find businesses across the country and world to recruit to move to our state.”



Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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