Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Shake, Rattle, and Roll

Governor Scott’s style is rankling the folks in Tallahassee, including his fellow Republicans, to the point that the New York Times is paying attention.

“The governor doesn’t understand there is a State Constitution and that we have three branches of government,” said State Senator Mike Fasano, a Republican from New Port Richey who upset Mr. Scott with rough handling of his staff during a testy committee hearing. “They are talking about the attitude that he is still the C.E.O. of his former health care corporation, and that is not going to work in this state, in Tallahassee, in my district. The people believe in three branches of government.”

Republican lawmakers in Florida were hoping for a smoother transition. Instead, they say, they got top-down management from a political novice.

That means that some of the proposals Mr. Scott has put forth, including cutting 10% out of the education budget, changing the rules for the state employees’ pension plan, and even cutting taxes, are going to be a hard sell to a legislature that has its own share of egos to sooth, stoke and stroke.

It never fails that a candidate who campaigns on “shaking things up” ends up running smack into the wall of the system he or she was planning to shake up. It’s a great campaign slogan and it gets a lot of enthusiasm from the voters until they find out that they’re the ones being shaken up. A lot of Republicans are rattled, and they’re not going to be rolled.

The Florida legislature convenes today. Stay tuned.