Rick Scott's Trip to Israel: "Trade Mission" or Political Vacation?

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Gov. Rick Scott, with gentlemen who may or may not be job creators.
Going through the list of Florida's top 50 trading partners -- compiled by Enterprise Florida -- you may notice Israel sure isn't on the list.

Apparently, Florida engages in more trade activity with countries like Guyana, the Netherlands, and Malaysia.

Call us crazy, but with a 26 percent approval rating, it looks like the governor's trip to Israel is more of a political stunt than a "trade mission," as his office describes it.

There was a press release waiting for us from the governor's office this morning -- "Governor Scott Visits the Western Wall During Israeli Trade Mission."

That's probably not where the jobs are at.

Seriously -- he hasn't even recycled a previous jobs announcement to validate this trip, like he did with Canada and Brazil.

Here's how to the governor's office is describing the "trade mission":

Accompanied by members of the delegation, Governor Scott was greeted by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, the Rabbi of the Western Wall and the holy sites of Israel. During his visit to the Western Wall, Governor Scott also got a tour of the Kotel Tunnels and participated in Sabbath prayers.

"It was an honor to visit the Western Wall this week. I was incredibly moved to have the opportunity to pray at such a holy and significant site," said Governor Scott. "The Jewish community makes invaluable contributions to our state and nation's spiritual diversity, and it has been a humbling experience to visit this and other important sites to their faith and history."

Let's hear from you, dear readers. Is this a "trade mission" or a political vacation for the governor?

Cast your vote below:

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well even though he is a type of person that has a lot of responsibilities he also needs a rest..


 it can be his choice if what such things he wanted to do. if it is because of the place, well he must do some realization before doing it for good


Note to the writers:  your "poll" at the end is overtly bias.  Either the reader is forced to agree that it is a trade mission, or to bash the governor's trip.  "Political vacation" implies misconduct on the part of the Governor and the last element, without another equally positive (or at least neutral) response, is spiteful, uncalled for, and unblushingly biased.  A mission may have legitimate purposes outside of trade.  Foreign direct investment, for example, is a major contributor to job creation and is not sited at all in this article.  Good will missions are equally important to Florida's presence on the world stage; that image affects trade.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Tucchus kissing excursion, which is engaged in by a startling number of U.S. politicians. I wonder if the scent of Allen West's nose still ingers.

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

I am curious, just how long is he ever in Florida?  He seems to always be on some trip somewhere.  I am not complaining since if he is elsewhere he cant actually screw anything else up here.  It IS yet more criminal offenses though, using Florida cash to fund his world tour.  Tacking on "job search" is just bs though.


Time will tell.... I'm surprised we don't do more business with Israel... since we do have a large population of Jews, including elected officials.

Where should he look for jobs?    Haiti? 



This man is a thief! Shame on those in Florida who thought this man, when elected, would bring jobs when GREED is and has always been his mission! Now let's GET RID OF HIM COME ELECTION TIME! Be careful what you wish for....vote for....and receive! The entire cast of GOP and TeaParty folk deserve him!

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