Gov. Scott wows party faithful in Daytona visit



Headline Surfer video by Henry Frederick / Gov. Scott answers the Internet newspaper's question about a possible Romney/Scott ticket. Click the video to see what he had to say.

DAYTONA BEACH -- It's not every day that the governor comes to town so when such a visit occurs, it's big news, more so now because it's election season with much at stake. Local government leaders and political insiders see this as a time to create a buzz. Gov. Scott certainly did that and more Wednesday, during a visit to the newly opened headquarters of the Republican Party at 921 Nova Road. From there he headlined a packed luncheon at the Ocean Center sponsored by the Tiger Bay Club and the Daytona Area Chamber of Commerce, where both political parties were well represented.

As always, I try to seize the moment for face time to get in a question or two. My opportunity came after Scott finished answering what seemed like an eternity of questions from the GOP party faithful after a high-energy speech at Republican headquarters. I knew I had to think fast on my feet. After all, Scott brought his "A game," covering everything from the controversial voter purge issue, how he was dealing with creating jobs and why it was important to get out the vote for Mitt Romney. It was the day before final candidate qualifying and he covered ground with that, too,

Scott was good about allowing local candidates to have their picture taken with him, then making his speech and answering questions from quite a few people among the 175 in the room. 

Scott's handlers granted my request, but emphasized I could only ask one question because they were pressed for time. Then it dawned on me: If US Sen. Marco Rubio could be considered to be Romney's running mate, why not Scott? After all, the Republican National Convention is being held Aug. 27-30 in Tampa. 

I think it caught him by surprise that I asked about a possible "Romney/Scott ticket" as shown by his immediate smile. But he readily answered that he enjoyed being governor and dealing with the pressing economic issues here in the Sunshine State.

Stan Escudero, chairman of the GOP executive committee here, who heard the governor's response was more than pleased.

"I have every confidence Gov. Scott would make a superb vice president," Escudero said, but added he was "grateful" that he's committed to addressing Florida's needs just as he said he would during his campaign.

Then it was on to the Ocean Center and a far greater crowd, including a heckler, who was escorted out. Scott didn't miss a beat in getting his message across to Republicans and Democrats alike, even as TV cameras headed for the doors as well for the soundbite.

Scott then answered even more questions, reiterating his priorities of job creation, education and a more prosperous Florida. We have extensive video coverage and reaction to Scott's Daytona Beach visit with our new online public affairs news show, the "Roundtable."

Editor's Note: Headline Surfer is a paid member and sponsor of the Daytona Area Chamber of Commerce and Stan Escudero writes a weekly blog for the Internet newspaper. is now the trademarked Headline Surfer, Florida's 24/7 Internet newspaper, based in New Smyrna Beach, and accessed at

Wendel Bradford








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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet newspaper serving the Daytona Beach-New Smyrna Beach / Sanford-Orlando metropolitan region via Florida's first around-the-clock newspaper was launched April 7, 2008, in New Smyrna Beach, initially as and Headline Surfer is a registered trademark of NSB News LLC. Headline Surfer® Publisher Henry Frederick, is recognized as one of Florida's top award-winning cops & courts reporters, who has received more awards for such coverage than any other reporter working in Central Florida. He's the top journalist in the Florida Press Club two years running with seven journalism awards for 15 breaking news and investigative stories, three blogs and top internet site. He's the only reporter to win awards for coverage of the Trayvon Martin slaying as well as the subsequent George Zimmerman murder trial acquittal in Sanford. He's also won state, regional and national journalism awards for his coverage of cops and courts fear 8 1/2 years at the Daytona Beach News-Journal, where he witnessed and reported on the execution of serial killer Aileen Wuornos and covered the civil trial brought by NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt's widow to keep his autopsy files sealed. Before that before he covered cops & courts for Gannett Suburban Newspapers / The Journal News in Westchester and Rockland counties in New York, where he won a highly-coveted Associated Press Award for breaking news. Before launching the 24/7 internet newspaper in 2008, he was an award-winning city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette, in his native Massachusetts for two years, winning a national investigative award on municipal corruption. The first of Frederick's three books, for which he has secured publishing rights, is called "Creepy Ass Cracker" (840 pages, Xlibris), which will hit bookstores in September. His second book, "Wrestling ReWind," is expected to be published in January 2015. The third book is not yet titled.
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