Fla. Gov. Wants Facebook Users to Help Sell State


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida  Gov. Rick Scott took to the social media website Facebook on Thursday to help drum up success stories he can use to lure companies to the Sunshine State.

If he wanted feedback, Scott certainly got it.

Those who heeded Scott’s challenge said the state’s weather and the lack of income tax should be his main selling points. The governor also got a lot of heat from some saying he should resign. Others said he should back the legalization of marijuana or the creation of additional casinos to help the economy.

Scott said he wanted people to help him “work together to make the case for why Florida is the best state to live, work and play.”

“I will use the best submissions as examples when I’m talking with people interested in expanding their businesses or relocating to our state. We have many success stories and I’d love to hear more of them from you,” the governor stated.

This is not the first time that Scott has turned to social media. During his first year in office, he held town hall meetings on both Facebook and the microblogging site Twitter. Scott has also from time to time announced a major initiative on Facebook first.

Within minutes of the posting Thursday, Scott’s Facebook page was filled with dozens of comments. By early evening it had grown to nearly 300 comments.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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