It's no surprise by any stretch of the imagination, but Gov. Rick Scott has finally confirmed to the News Service of Florida that he's going to run for reelection in 2014.
His announcement comes on the heels of being polled at the highest approval rating of his governorship -- 37 percent.
He's still the least popular governor in the country -- at least according to polls -- although he recently spent an entire week as just the second-least popular governor in the country, outpolling Ohio Gov. John Kasich by one percentage point.
One thing Scott will have to get over for a successful reelection bid is his record in courtrooms.
He's been shot down by the Florida Supreme Court for exceeding his power, a circuit judge ruled that the prison privatization plans in the state budget ran afoul of the state Constitution, and, of course, this:
Of course, there's still the issue of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigating his missing emails.
Actually, there are still several issues he'll need to iron out if he wants to remain governor.
Since the governor took office in January, Florida workers have had lower hourly wages, fewer hours to work, and smaller paychecks. According to statistics released in August by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Florida ranked 49th out of the 50 states in weekly pay differences between January and May.
When he took office in January as the "getting Florida back to work" guy, employed Floridians worked 35.4 hours per week on average in January, which dropped to 34.9 in May -- one of only three states to see such a decline.
The state unemployment rate has remained stagnant for the past three months.
On the other hand, the man does like fishing.
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