Rick Scott Asks Few Remaining Supporters to Mail Prewritten Letter to Newspapers

Rick Scott, apparently desperate to appeal to the thin slice of voters who (a) might consider supporting him and (b) still read newspapers, has orchestrated a fake-letter-writing campaign to ambush Florida's newspapers with unspecific praise of his time as governor.

This is the governor who has never sat down with a newspaper's editorial board for endorsement interviews, which until recently were taken as standard practice by editors and politicos alike. In fact, he's the only statewide politician who's admitted to not reading his state's newspapers.

But now he's asking voters to abuse the letters sections of unsuspecting newspapers, blitzing them with prewritten praise that

sounds like it came from his mother.

The Herald's Naked Politics blog explains:

Scott includes a pre-written letter on his web site that refers to himself as "refreshing" and that he deserves "unwavering and enthusiastic support." A link to the letter was included in an e-mail Scott sent to supporters today boasting that Florida's unemployment rate declined for the fifth consecutive month.

The form letter is set up to be sent to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Jacksonville Times-Union, Orlando Sentinel, Tallahassee Democrat, Tampa Tribune and the Scripps papers along the Treasure Coast.

Here's a copy:

Dear Editor,
When Rick Scott ran for Governor he promised to create jobs and turn our economy around. I voted for Rick because he's always been a businessman, not a politician. While politicians usually disappoint us and rarely keep their promises, Rick is refreshing because he's keeping his word. His policies are helping to attract businesses to our state and get people back to work. Some of the special interests are attacking the Governor for making tough decisions, showing leadership, and doing what he told us he would do. Rick Scott deserves our unwavering and enthusiastic support. How can we expect to elect leaders who will keep their word and do what's right for our state if we don't stand up for those with the courage to set priorities, make difficult choices, and actually deliver on their promises made?

We could have made this up. But we didn't. Thanks for reading, Florida!

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