Mitt Romney to Rick Scott: Tone down the happy talk

Unemployment numbers send a mixed message

TAMPA - Governor Rick Scott has been touting steadily dropping unemployment numbers in Florida lately, but fellow Republican Mitt Romney reportedly wants Scott to curb his enthusiasm.

In TV and internet ads, Rick Scott's message is upbeat, trumpeting job creation that far exceeds the national rate.
Mitt Romney's message is grimmer, featuring unemployed workers telling their tales of woe.

The two Republicans are not on the same page.

Political observers say Rick Scott helps himself when he touts Florida's improving employment picture, but he undercuts Romney's claim that the economy is in the tank and needs him to come to the rescue.

A report on claims Romney staffers asked Rick Scott to tone it down, though both camps denied it.

"I don't' believe it," said political consultant, Travis Horn.  

Horn thinks the improving employment picture in Florida and other states with Republican governors only strengthens Mitt Romney's message.

"He can say to those Republican Governors, go out there and tout your success. Celebrate it and I'll celebrate with you and when you elect me you'll have a partner who can get your programs passed at the Federal level," said Horn.

Former Democratic Congressman, Jim Davis believes a lower level staffer likely did make an appeal to Rick Scott not to be so bullish on employment.

"These campaign staffers are overly zealous and they're going to recommend whatever it takes to win and it's up to the candidates to tell the truth and not play games with the facts because voters will see through that," said Davis.
The spokesman for Mitt Romney claims the presidential nominee has nothing but support for successful Governors.

This is the statement issued by Governor Rick Scott's office Friday afternoon.

"It's nice to have even Democrats and President Obama's campaign pushing a story acknowledging the good job Governor Scott is doing in Florida, but no Romney official has asked Governor Scott or staff to change our message.  That being said, we know we have a long way to go to reach Governor Scott's goal of 700,000 jobs in 7 years."

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