After a reelection campaign that cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million total, Rick Scott has decided to scale back traditional inaugural events. Because, you know, he wants you all to know he's a budget conscious, thrifty guy.
Instead of the traditional fancy pants black tie inaugural ball, Scott will instead host a few "Jobs Jamboree" barbecues across the state (including one in Miami).
Instead of a parade, their will be a tribute to veterans.
The rest of inaugural events will include a prayer breakfast, a scaled-back swearing in ceremony, and a low-key reception that night at the governor's mansion.
"We are focused on three things: jobs, jobs and jobs," Scott said in a statement. "We know not every Floridian can come to Tallahassee, so we want to host events across Florida to highlight our economic growth and send a signal to the world that Florida is competing to become the global center for job creation."
It's a big change from Scott's first inauguration events. He raised $3 million to hold a few dozen events including a formal ball. A red carpet rolled out, and guests received commemorative cuff links.
It's a bit of a strange message to send. He held the big money bash for himself when Florida was really in the throes of the recession in 2010, and now that things have sort of gotten back on track in Florida (and, well, the entire country) Scott is throwing a scaled-back event after winning an election based on a) supposedly his leadership of economic recovery b) spending millions and millions and millions of dollars on annoying TV ads.
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