by Mitch Perry
The governor's press office issued a release Tuesday afternoon touting the headline, "Florida employers feeling more optimistic and expected to increase hiring rate," citing a recent report from a national Manpower Employment Outlook Survey that more than doubles the economic expectations compared to the same period last year.
"This survey confirms that employers are experiencing positive gains in their business and feeling more optimistic, which leads to more hiring and more jobs," said Gov. Scott in a statement. "We have more work to do, but we are continuing to make Florida the No.1 business destination in the world by creating an environment that encourages job creation."
With an economy that's been in a recession for more than four years, positive economic news is certainly something to be celebrated by state leaders. Except perhaps when it comes right before a presidential election, when the party's standard bearer is emphasizing how horrible the economy still is.
So don't expect Romney to be as optimistic about Florida's economy turning around when he speaks in Tampa on Wednesday.
Back in June, Michael Bender wrote a piece for Bloomberg that said:
Mitt Romney's presidential campaign asked Florida Governor Rick Scott to tone down his statements heralding improvements in the state's economy because they clash with the presumptive Republican nominee's message that the nation is suffering under President Barack Obama, according to two people familiar with the matter.
The Romney camp denied that report.
Gov. Romney's scheduled campaign appearance in Tampa will include appearances by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, Senate candidate Connie Mack, and former Gov. Jeb Bush.
But not Rick Scott.
Then again, Scott hasn't been sharing many stages with Romney on the campaign trail. National political reporters have speculated that Scott's low-poll numbers have contributed to the estrangement between the two.
In any event, there has been little good news trickling in about Florida's economy. Scott is incredibly vulnerable to whomever the Democrats (probably) nominate to run against him. So hell yes, he'll boast about any indications of green shoots, regardless of the feelings of Team Romney.