As part of a late push to motivate area Republicans for the forthcoming election, Governor Rick Scott visited Charlotte County on Saturday, November 3.
Scott’s appearance highlighted a “Get Out The Vote” rally organized by the West Charlotte County Republican Club. The 3 hour event was held at the Romney Victory Office, located at 1160 South McCall Road in Englewood, Florida.
Elected in 2010 with strong support from the Tea Party movement, Scott has kept a low-profile in the current campaign. Not on this year’s ballot, the Governor has bypassed the numerous rallies of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan throughout the Sunshine State.
Scott used Saturday, however, to demonstrate strong support for an array of Republican contenders, including Romney, Senate candidate Connie Mack IV, and 12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney candidate Ed Brodsky.
Following a 3:00 p.m. appearance at a similar rally held near the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, Governor Scott arrived in Englewood around 5:00 p.m. A buzz quickly spread over the crowd of several hundred, otherwise enjoying complimentary food and drinks, while music played and sign waivers expressed GOP allegiance to passing traffic on McCall Road.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of the National Anthem, Scott was introduced by State Representative Ken Roberson and State Senator Nancy Detert. The governor proceeded to speak for approximately 5 minutes.
Scott addressed the importance of this election to a friendly audience and claimed a Romney presidency would better assist the goals of his own administration. Elected on a jobs platform, the governor touted Romney’s similar abilities to overcome America’s economic struggles.
“Don’t stop. We’ve got 3 days to go. We cannot let anybody pass on voting for Mitt Romney and Connie Mack and all the other Republicans that will turn this country around.”
Following the brief speech, the 59 year-old greeted many attendees within the outdoor gathering along the banks of Lemon Bay. Chatting and posing for photos, he resembled a politician running for re-election within 2 years.
Despite a warm reception in Englewood, observers have noted the absence of Scott from the widespread campaigning in Florida. With generally low approval ratings, the former insurance executive may not represent an asset in the critical swing state.
Neverthless, this devoted group of Charlotte County Republicans clearly did not mind and displayed appreciation for Scott’s brief visit to Englewood.
Meanwhile, Mitt Romney will hold a final rally in Florida on Monday, November 5, at the Orlando-Sanford International Airport. Despite standing side-by-side with the presidential candidate only once in 2012, Scott recently revealed that he would be appearing at Monday’s 9:00 a.m. event.
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