AFP spearheaded opposition to Scott’s coveted $250 million economic incentive package, which ultimately failed to win approval from lawmakers.
While Scott wasn’t graded by the organization, a leading supporter of the incentive proposal, Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, drew a ‘C’ rating on AFP’s scorecard, the lowest mark among the Senate’s 26 Republicans.
“It was a tough year with us and the governor,” said AFP Florida Director Chris Hudson, whose father, Rep. Matt Hudson, R-Naples, was given an ‘A+’ by the group.
“But we still think (Scott) did a pretty bang up job,” he added.
No surprise, Republicans generally did better than Democrats in the eyes of AFP. Locally Rep. MaryLynn Magar, R-Tequesta, was the only lawmaker to score an ‘A+’ and appear on a list of “champions of economic freedom.”
AFP is a grass-roots organization which claims more than 100,000 members in Florida, many of them scattered through the ranks of tea party groups.
Many are backers of Republican Donald Trump for president. While some Florida lawmakers gaining praise from AFP may, in turn, keep their distance from Trump this fall, Hudson said he hopes the organization will help elect state legislators who adhere to its limited government philosophy.