Rick Scott Points Blame at Alex Sink for Unemployment
The campaign team of Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott weighed in on Friday on the announcement earlier in the day that Florida’s unemployment rose to 11.7 percent -- and looked to blame their Democratic opponent, state CFO Alex Sink.
“Today’s news of the rise in Florida’s unemployment is just further proof of the failure of the economic ethos championed by Alex Sink and Barack Obama,” said Travis Burk, a spokesman for Scott. “When Sink was first inaugurated CFO, the unemployment rate was just over 3.5 percent and now it is 11.7 percent. Results matter and the jobs record in Florida under CFO Sink is disastrous, and to make matters worse she thinks the stimulus is actually working.”
Sink quickly returned fire.
"Unfortunately we learned today Florida's unemployment rate climbed again last month and over a million Floridians remain out of work," said Sink. "It's clear we are in desperate need of new leadership and a fresh approach -- and my business plan offers solutions like a new jobs tax credit for businesses that hire Floridians, and a focus on remaking our economy with stable industries like renewable energy and biotech. Rick Scott has bought into more of the same failed policies that have made Florida's unemployment rate 2 points higher than the national average. I'm the only candidate for governor with decades of respected business experience and an innovative, detailed plan to grow Florida's economy and put Floridians back to work."