Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is launching a new Florida-based PAC to help get pro-jobs Gov. Rick Scott reelected, while targeting incumbent lawmakers in both parties Ross believes haven’t supported a pro-jobs agenda for the state.
Florida Jobs First was created after Ross was unable to “get the state Legislature to approve allowing a public referendum on a one-cent increase in the Miami-Dade County hotel bed tax to fund a multimillion-dollar overhaul of the Dolphins’ stadium,” Politico reported.
The billionaire NFL owner’s frustration is directed toward GOP House Speaker Will Weatherford who he claimed lied to him, and instead, allowed the project to “die without bringing it to a vote in the House,” the article said.
According to Politico, Ross invested $10 million to fight for the stadium overhaul he said would have created numerous construction jobs, as well as earned future revenue for the state in hosting a Super Bowl. “Ross had argued that the city would not win the right to host the game again without revamping the stadium,” the article said.
The PAC will help Scott in his reelection bid, possibly against party flip-flopping former Gov. Charlie Crist, but will also assist bipartisan primaries in state races, while targeting incumbents like Weatherford.
“[Scott] has been a pro-jobs governor and we want to ensure he is reelected with a friendly Legislature that will support his pro-jobs agenda,” a source close to Ross told Politico.
Along with other donors, Ross has enlisted the help of “Mercury Public Affairs officials Kieran Mahoney, who is a Florida resident, and Michael McKeon,” to run the PAC, Politico reported. “Both are veteran advisers to former New York Gov. George Pataki who have worked in the Sunshine State over the years.”