Rick Scott Keeps Planting the Same Handmade Signs at His Rallies

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

If you see someone holding a handmade sign at a political rally you usually assume that person took the time to actually make that sign themselves and brought it along.

But it seems that either Scott's biggest fans all either had the same exact strike of sign-making genius, or someone gave them out before the rally.

Scott's campaign Twitter account sent out this photo earlier today after a rally in Tampa. It seemed pretty obvious that the signs were likely made by the campaign and not the people actually holding them. Have you seen the handmade signs people actually bring to campaign rallies? They usually don't perfectly spell out the candidate's campaign talking point.

Then we scrolled down a little bit and saw the video form which this screenshot was taken.

The sign this nice lady is awkwardly holding right above Scott's shoulder, almost like she had been instructed to do so, is obviously a slight variation on the same sign, right down to the glittery numbers. The video was shot at a Port Charlotte rally yesterday.

Then we checked his other YouTube videos. First is this video of Scott with House Speaker Will Weatherford, and it appears there's a cameo from the same "New Jobs" sign off to the corner.

That's all we could find of that particular sign design, but it's not the first time Scott has appeared with a supporter conveniently holding a sign touting the jobs number point behind his back.

Here's one from a stop in Tampa in September, where the number of jobs created in Florida during Scott's term was 620,000 not 651,000. It seems the trend back then was to go with a red sign, instead of a glittery blue one:

And what's this, another "620,000" sign behind Lt. Gov. Lopez Cantera at a stop in Milton?

It seems that while Charlie Crist can't go anywhere with out a black fan underneath him, Scott apparently isn't comfortable without a handmade sign with the numbers "651,000" or "620,000" being held up conveniently behind him.

Granted, political rallies, especially so close to an election, are tightly controlled and choreographed affairs all about political messaging, but it's surprising how obvious this seems.

Though, Scott is probably pleased we're noticing the number of jobs created in Florida. Whether those jobs are a direct result of his policies or part of a national trend of economic recovery is still up for debate.

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.