Scott already filling reelection war chest, as potential rivals fire warning shots
By John Kennedy
Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau
While most Floridians were riveted on the presidential race, cash continued to flow Election Day into a political spending committee run by Gov. Rick Scott and focused on his re-election two years away.
Scott, who a recent poll shows remains dogged by poor approval ratings, has pulled in about $4.5 million this year for the 2014 governor’s race, even as President Barack Obama’s victory and Democratic gains in the legislature and congressional delegation are emboldening potential rivals.
Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, now an independent who addressed the Democratic National Convention and campaigned heavily for Obama, tops the list of possible opponents.
Former state Sen. Nan Rich of Weston is running, while Scott’s 2010 rival, former Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink is considering a bid, as are Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler.