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Irma Raises Scott’s Profile

His response to the hurricane has so far won praise.

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Kimberly Railey
Sept. 12, 2017, 9:51 a.m.

“As Hurricane Irma churned towards Florida last week, it left Gov. Rick Scott (R) facing the kind of potentially catastrophic natural disaster that helps make or break any governor’s legacy. While millions of Floridians are now dealing with flooding and power outages, Scott’s preparation and response to the storm — a logistical nightmare that affected nearly every inch of the nation’s third largest state — have so far won praise. … He’s had a nearly ubiquitous television presence, providing constant storm updates while overseeing one of the largest regional evacuations in U.S. history — and he’s leaned heavily on his close relationship with President Donald Trump, whom he vocally supported in 2016.”

“Scott’s role in the Irma drama comes as he considers whether to heed Trump’s pleas and challenge Sen. Bill Nelson (D) … and a successful Irma response could bolster a potential Scott 2018 campaign.” (Politico)

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