WASHINGTON AND HOLMES COUNTIES - Knocking on a million dollars across the state, Florida Governor Rick Scott visited the area Monday afternoon to remind voters of his track record and why they should open the door for him to represent the state as Senator at the nation's Capitol.
"When you hire somebody you look at their background and say 'do you get stuff done,'" the governor said following a meet-and-greet held with the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, held at Hard Labor Creek. "It's the same with this, you say 'I'm going to hire somebody - because that's what you're hiring when you elect someone - 'are they a doer, are they getting anything done.'"
With the unwavering backing of Rep. Brad Drake and Sen. George Gainer, Gov. Scott has approved about $2.8 million for local projects that will lead to economic growth in both counties.
"I think that's why people will vote for me because they'll look at my track records over the last seven and a half year and they'll see all of the results we've done - for jobs, for education, for the environment, transportation," he said. "I'm going to do the same thing in D.C."
About an hour earlier, the Scott had visited at the same kind of event, hosted by Holmes County Chamber of Commerce at That Place Downtown where he gave a brief speech to constituents after shaking hands with those in attendance.
"I have shaken over 540,000 peoples hands," he said.
Scott said by shaking that many hands, he learned what people care about - jobs, primarily.
He reminded those in attendance about 832,000 Floridians were jobless when he came into office; and at the closing, more than 1.5 million people have entered into the workforce.
Along with being second in the state for affordable education and hitting a 47-year low in crime rates, Gov. Scott also pointed to the decrease in debt the state has achieved.
"In the seven and a half years I have been in office our revenues have increased by 20 billion and we have cut over 10 billion from the debt," Scott said. "Government has to be accountable."
And that what he plans to do in Washington if voters select him at the booth.
"I'm absolutely committed to representing the state; the state needs better representation," he said at Hard Labor Creek. "We all pay our taxes, we ought to be treated as the same way as places like New York."