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Scott will not be an easy defeat in 2014

caines | 6/20/2013, 5:30 a.m.

One out of three Floridians in the state think Governor Scott is doing a good job. That means over 60 percent of Floridians are upset with the governor or they dont trust his leadership skills. Without a doubt in the last election our governor made bad decisions, and he embarrassed the State when it took him three days to count the ballots. But the Democrats should not underestimate the Florida Republican machine. Scott this time around will have a track record and unemployment is at a four-year low. If somebody thinks that Rick Scott wont have time, energy, and resources to be re-elected, theyre making an error in judgment, says Susie Wiles, who managed Scotts 2010 campaign. Four years ago Scott was a controversial stranger to Florida politics; now the GOP establishment is willing to unify and get behind the incumbent. Scott is still controversial, and he has learned that education and jobs should be his primary focus in his 2014 campaign. In 2013, he has given the teachers a $2,500 raise, and more folks will support him because of this effort. At this point, the Democrats do not have a unanimous statewide choice and the party appears disorganized and divided. In order for the party to win in 2014, the candidate must be able to mobilize and address the critical problems that impact the Black and Hispanic communities. There are more Democrats registered in the state than Republicans, but the Democratic candidate must be able to connect with the grassroots folks with a powerful message. Whoever the Democratic nominee is will beat Rick Scott. We will win the governors mansion next November. Theres not any question, says U.S. Rep Debbie Wasserman. But the Republicans have won the governorship the last 16 years so I wonder what evidence Wasserman is using to prove her case. Florida is a red state and the Republicans have the majority of large corporations in their corner that are predicted to generate $100 million towards Scotts campaign. Democrats cannot underestimate our governor because he is raising millions of dollars right now and also can invest millions of his own money if GOP money gets slow. Scott is not an easy target to beat and the Democratic candidate will be in the fight of his life, which he will probably lose. There are 76 weeks left until the election and the Democrats will be forced to build a strong innovative technical ground team that can generate dollar-for-dollar with Scotts campaign and is extremely excited about beating the incumbent. The Democratic candidate must have charisma and be an articulate speaker who Floridians trust. Scott has made many mistakes and he has left $51 billion on the federal table something that angers many Floridians. Recently he vetoed a bill that would have helped immigrants secure a drivers license, further upsetting many Hispanics. Democrats cannot underestimate our governor because he is raising millions of dollars right now and also can invest millions of his own money if GOP money gets slow. Scott is not an easy target to beat and the Democratic candidate will be in the fight of his life, which he will probably lose. Roger Caldwell is the CEO of On Point Media Group in Orlando.