Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 3:36 p.m.
Congratulations, Mitt Romney! You've won the least sought-after endorsement in the Republican Party.
Perennially unpopular Florida Gov. Rick Scott officially endorsed Romney today just hours after Rick Santorum announced he was suspending his campaign -- a move that finally leaves Romney as the unquestionable Republican nominee.
Of course, sometimes winners can be losers, as Romney has now gotten the Scott stamp of approval.
"There is no question that Rick Santorum ran a hard-fought campaign," Scott's statement read. "I commend his passion and his willingness to put the best interest of our party and nation first.
"Mitt Romney will be our party's nominee, and it is critical that all Republicans coalesce behind Governor Romney and focus on electing him as president so he can put the policies in place to create jobs, turn our economy around, and get federal spending under control."
Scott has been dogged by some of the lowest approval numbers of any governor in the nation, and no candidates publicly sought his endorsement.
Of course, Scott can't just pretend he's become a liability for the GOP. So he waited until the safest possible time to finally speak up on the matter.
Unfortunately for Romney, the Scott endorsement comes within a day of another controversial Scott veto. Scott just vetoed a Republican-authored bill
that received bipartisan support (it passed 80-0 in the Senate) that would have sent nonviolent drug offenders to treatment programs rather than jail. Even the most conservative Republican state legislators are pissed at him for axing that one.