By Tom Tillison
Orlando Political Press
Former Democratic Miami Mayor Maurice A. Ferre Endorses Rick Scott
FT LAUDERDALE, FL – Today, the Scott Campaign released a statement from six-term Democratic Mayor of Miami Maurice A. Ferre, which lays out the reasons he is supporting Rick Scott over Alex Sink.
“On November 2, I will vote for Rick Scott to be Governor of Florida. I have never voted for a Republican in the 54 years I have voted, and I have never missed voting since I became of age in Miami.
“Rick Scott is not only a businessman, but also an entrepreneur who clearly understands good opportunities that translate into positive decisions that will create jobs and real economic growth for Floridians.
“Despite the fact that I am a Democrat, I am deeply disturbed by the exclusionary direction of the Florida Democratic Party. Even though I was the first Hispanic Democrat elected to the Florida state legislature and the first Hispanic Democrat elected Mayor of a major US City, I was denied the opportunity to address the Florida State Democratic Convention and denied the opportunity to participate in the Democratic US Senate Debates. This ‘politics of exclusion’ is an insult to every Hispanic voter in our state. Too many 2010 Democratic office seekers stood by silently as these injustices were perpetrated.
“Both the Republican and Democratic parties of Florida are broken; the first, by corruption and lying, the Democrats by ineptitude, unfairness and undemocratic ways. Mine will not be a vote for a political party; mine will be a vote for a person. I’ve spent time with Rick Scott . We talked about substantive issues. I am convinced Rick Scott has a superior understanding of the challenges that face our state.
“I made my decision to vote for Rick Scott fully aware of the ethics concerns in both campaigns. These accusations and counter accusations about each candidate have all been about civil matters. This campaign for Governor of Florida is about the future, the economy, job creation and who can assure a better future for Floridians.
“I know Rick Scott will fight for Florida’s fair share of Federal funds, which we do not get now, nor have we for the past three decades.
“I believe Rick Scott will work to rebuild our infrastructure, especially in the area of transportation; our essential airports; improving our cargo ports; to act as engines of economic development. When he is elected I will continue to press him on the issue of High Speed Rail.
“Rick Scott will also assure Florida participates in the coming new fuel and new transportation economy, as we get away from foreign oil dependency, now almost 80%.
“I believe Rick Scott will consolidate Florida’s trade positions with Latin America and the Caribbean, especially Brazil, assuring Florida improves as the main trading partner and technology transfer partner, (education, medical, electronic) financing and other commercial services with Latin America.
“Rick Scott understands the need for Florida to be a leading center for biotechnology, nanotechnology, medical device development, space exploration and other 21st Century technologies for the new economy.
“I believe that in these economic areas Rick Scott can bring change to Tallahassee.
“These are not times for the constraint of timid political souls. We need the audacity and boldness that was promised in 2008 to create jobs and pull us out of this economic ditch. In 2010 it is Rick Scott who offers Floridians that audacity. While I do not agree with Rick Scott on many of his political positions, I believe he has the best understanding of how to create jobs, our highest priority in Florida. The audacity of hope for Floridians requires bold and visionary moves. Rick Scott has the ability to make these moves and change the Governor’s impact in a now bureaucratic Tallahassee.
“My support for Scott for Governor is, thus, based on this assessment that outweighs all other considerations. Florida needs a sound economy and Floridians need jobs and economic prosperity. Those are Rick Scott’s strength’s.
“Let’s get to work.”
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