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PolitiFact Florida's New 'Scott-O-Meter' To Track Campaign Promises


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By Aaron Sharockman

Rick Scott launched his campaign for governor in April with a single promise — to remake state government.

Nine months, nearly $75 million and 2.6 million votes later, the enormity of what he meant is coming into focus.

Scott, 58, will be sworn in as Florida’s 45th governor Tuesday — the crescendo of an improbable and rapid political ascent. He enters office with big ambitions and dozens of campaign promises, starting with that first one.

PolitiFact Florida unveils its Scott-O-Meter today to keep track. The Scott-O-Meter will analyze each promise — so far we’ve found 56 — and rate whether it was kept, broken or altered as part of a compromise. Those ratings will be tallied on our website, creating an up-to-the-minute and evolving report card on Scott’s administration.

The concept is the same as PolitiFact’s Obameter, which is tracking President Barack Obama’s campaign promises. But this meter is all about Scott, and state government.

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