Is it 2014 yet?
On the same day that a Public Policy Polling poll came out showing that Gov. Rick Scott is still underwater with voters and trails potential candidates like his predecessor Charlie Crist, the governor’s office offered up a new campaign-style video touting his accomplishments.
The video shows news clips of economic doom and gloom during the last years of Crist’s tenure, with news achors highlighting record high unemployment and troubling economic indicators.
Halfway through the 2-minute spot, Scott appears, talking about how the state has turned around under his leadership.
“It’s the first time in five years that our unemployment rate has been below the national average,” Scott says on the video at a campaign-style event that took place Monday in Orlando. “Our unemployment rate is now down to 7.8 percent for January of this year."
The Department of Economic Opportunity highlighted the spot during a Cabinet meeting Tuesday.
Monica Russell, DEO's communications director, called it "our idea of how to jazz up the Cabinet meeting."
Reporters asked if Scott would be using the video as a campaign ad.
"Oh, no," she said.
See the video here.
Times reporter Steve Bousquet contributed to this report.