Lake City —
Florida Governor Rick Scott made a stop at Florida Gateway College in Lake City on Tuesday, Dec. 17, and was greeted by a huge crowd of supporters from the Republican Party of Florida.
Sponsors paid $500-$1,500 to attend the luncheon and listen to Gov. Scott speak about the state of the economy in Florida. Many local dignitaries and elected officials were in attendance, including State Rep. District 10 Elizabeth Porter, State Rep. District 19 Charles E. Van Zant, Avery Roberts and retired Judge E. Vernon Douglas.
Decorated Eagle Scout Jeremy Barwick, best known for raising 38,000 tons of food for the needy, led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem was sung by Kay Poltorak.
While everyone enjoyed the delicious food that was prepared for the group, Rep. Elizabeth Porter spoke for a couple minutes.
“When you look around at the entire country, across the nation, and you see how backwards some of the states are marching, and they just have the wrong idea,” said Porter. “They’re going in the wrong direction, but what we are doing here in the state of Florida, is moving in the right direction. So much of that is thanks to our governor and the support he gets in the House and Senate to advance the kind of business building, freedom building ideas that we try and he supports.”
Porter said the Republican Party of Florida also wants to support Gov. Scott’s ideas, as well.
“We don’t want to be like New York and we don’t want to be like California,” said Porter. “We don’t want to try and squash the business people that are the job creators in our country. We want to do exactly what we’ve been doing in Florida for the past 4-6 years, and that is giving our business people the freedom to grow their business so that they will hire more people. They’ll have jobs. They’ll have expendable income and we will be able to continue to improve across the state, from top to bottom.”