Rick Scott Stops In Fort Myers For Re-election Campaign Kick-off

May 7, 2014

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Governor Rick Scott stopped in Fort Myers Tuesday as part of his re-election campaign kickoff.

The reelection rally was at a Hyundai dealership in Fort Myers, where about a hundred local supporters and lawmakers were in attendance.

Most of Scott’s events this week are at car dealerships because he’s touting tax cuts that were just passed during the legislative session—the bulk of which were cuts to vehicle registration fees.

“We have a lot of things to celebrate: $500 million in lower taxes,” Scott told the crowd.

Lower taxes are the centerpiece of Scott’s reelection campaign right now. However, his likely opponent in this race, former Republican governor turned Democratic frontrunner Charlie Crist, said the Scott campaign is misleading Floridians.

Crist told reporters Scott was able to lower vehicle taxes because property taxes are going up about $400 million– as property values increase across the state.

During his stop in Fort Myers, Scott attacked Crist for signing-off on increased vehicle fees during the economic recession. Unlike his visits on state business, Scott didn’t miss any opportunities to take jabs at his likely opponent.

“Did you hear about the Republican, the Democrat, and the Independent that walked into the bar? Bartender says, ‘Hi, Charlie,’” he said.

Scott continues his five-day tour with stops in Orlando, Miami and West Palm Beach.