Florida has sworn in its 45th governor, Republican Rick Scott. The millionaire former health care executive took the oath of office at noon Tuesday and so far he's been busy.
“So help me God. So help me God.”
With that, Richard Lynn Scott became the 45th governor of Florida, with thousands of people looking on in the noon sunshine. Governor Scott now has an opportunity to re-make state government, something he talked about moments after congratulatory hugs.
“Job creators need to know that the great state of Florida, the government of the great state of Florida, we are here to work with business people and job creators, not against them,” he said.
On the campaign trail, the governor pledged to create 700,000 jobs. He says doing that will mean taking aim at 'taxes, regulation and litigation'.
“Those three form the axis of unemployment.”
And so within moments of leaving the podium, the governor signed an executive order for a new office of fiscal accountability and regulatory reform. The goal – to eliminate those regulations Scott calls so pesky.
For now, even democrats are giving Scott a chance.
Representative Daphne Campbell was one of the few democrats on hand at the inauguration. She points out, as a registered nurse she and Scott have a lot in common.
“I love every word he said, and I'm going to give him all my help and all my experience in the health care area, and he could really succeed,” she said.
That's if he can master the office. If his inaugural address is any indication, he's got some work to do on the finer points...
“We'll get rid of the agency...get rid of the agencies?! That'll be in the paper!”
Governor Scott signed three other executive orders Tuesday. One requires state agencies to use the e-verify system to ensure employees are legal. Another calls for stronger ethics codes in the governor's office. And the third reaffirms the state's commitment to diversity in the workforce.