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Gov. Rick Scott is adding a stint as blogster for a liberal online news site to his resume.
Scott, a Republican with strong tea party ties, will blog for the left-leaning Huffington Post , Scott’s spokesman Brian Burgess confirmed Thursday.
Arianna Huffington, the founder and editor-in-chief of the widely-read news site, sent Scott an e-mail this week inviting him to contribute to a pre-convention blog aimed at highlighting successes in turning around the country’s economic morass.
The goal is to shift “the narrative from a fatalistic acceptance of our unemployment crisis and what’s going wrong with the country” and instead “spotlight on what is working,” Huffington wrote in her message to Scott sent Monday.
That should be right up Scott’s alley. He’s continuously boasting about how unemployment has dropped under his watch – now at 8.6 percent, down from 12 percent when Scott took office in January 2011. And the former health care executive frequently brags about how new private sector jobs are blooming while government jobs are shriveling since he moved into the governor’s mansion.
Details of how frequently Scott will contribute are still being worked out with Huffington’s aide, Burgess said, but he won’t be blogging on a daily basis. Still, HuffPo will provide Scott with a platform to spread his story about what he’s doing to help Florida – and elevate his national exposure, not that he needs any assistance with that.
Even so, why would Scott, who had an icy relationship with the Florida press corp when he first took office a year-and-a-half ago, want to be associated with the liberal outlet?
“There’s a lot of different writers. A lot of folks have participated,” Burgess said. “It’s another channel to communicate with folks. It’s not strictly liberal. And I think it’s important that we take advantage of opportunities like that. It has a lot of reach.”
Read Huffington’s entire e-mail to the governor after the jump.
Dear Governor Scott,
To help shift the narrative from a fatalistic acceptance of our unemployment crisis and what’s going wrong with the country, the Huffington Post is putting the spotlight on what is working — including small business job creation, state and city initiatives, social entrepreneurs, job training programs, internships, and many other innovative solutions, big and small.
And in advance of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions this summer, we have launched a dedicated section called “Opportunity: What Is Working,” featuring blog posts from governors, mayors, and other elected officials focused on coming up with strategies to bring jobs to their constituents. As a leader, we would love to include your voice in this important conversation.
The site is a prelude to a big event we will hold at each convention: a panel discussion highlighting the creative solutions that are being implemented all around the country but rarely get the media spotlight.
Please let us know if you would like to contribute a post (of any length). You can email your post to me and my chief of staff Daniel Koh, cc’d here. The Huffington Post has 39 million unique visitors per month, making it a powerful platform for you to share ideas, plans, and projects that can help our cities and states arrive at the solutions we so desperately need.
Please let me know if there are any questions I can answer. Very much looking forward to having your voice on HuffPost.
All the best,
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