Florida Gov. Rick Scott has never been considered as part of the Republican establishment. His independent and free wheeling style makes him very hard to read for many political pundits.
So when asked if he would be endorsing Florida Sen. Marco Rubio or part-time Sunshine State resident and GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, Gov. Scott took a pass and decided not to back either in the very important March 15th Florida Primary.
“The political class opposed me when I first ran for office, they did not want a businessman outsider, but the voters had other ideas,” Scott wrote on Facebook. “I believed in the voters when I first ran for office, and I still believe in them today.”
The Rubio camp is well aware that Scott not endorsing anyone might actually be a blessing. The Florida governor has been mentioned as a possible vice president if Trump were the nominee.
Gov. Scott took the bold move of writing an op-ed in January that was seen as favorable toward Trump. “There is no doubt that Donald is a man who speaks and tweets his mind freely,” he wrote. But in his written statement to the press he remained neutral on the matter of who should be the Republican nominee. ”
“I continue to believe that economic growth and job creation is the most crucial issue for the next President to tackle,”
Scott said in his statement Thursday. “We have turned our economy around here in Florida by bringing conservative free market principles to government. Without economic growth our country will fail to become stronger domestically or internationally.”