Thursday, August 4, 2011

Time To Make The Doughnuts

Gov. Rick Scott is trying a gimmick that former Gov. Bob Graham did decades ago: trying to see what it’s like to be a just plain folks.

For three hours early Wednesday, Gov. Scott set aside matters of the state to sell pastries — reviving an idea from former governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham to spend time working alongside typical Floridians … and to have the news media eat it all up.

“Workdays” began as a gimmick to launch Graham’s 1978 gubernatorial bid but grew into a signature piece of his career.

Scott announced this week he’d try the idea himself as part of a series of changes to repackage himself to Florida voters.

Nicola’s was a natural place to start — Scott bought and once ran a pair of doughnut shops in Kansas City in the 1970s. He wants to try a new job about once a month.

I have a better idea. Why doesn’t he try to live on the salary a doughnut shop worker makes? That will give him a real feeling for the job.