Bloomberg.com is reporting that the Romney campaign may have told Florida Governor Rick Scott to downplay job gains in the sunshine state.
Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign asked Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott to tone down his statements heralding improvements in the state’s economy because they clash with the presumptive Republican nominee’s message that the nation is suffering under President Barack Obama, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Messaging is important, but at what cost? GOP Governors need to be able to toot their own horns in showing that job growth in free-market states is much higher than the over-regulated, Democrat-controlled states like Michigan, California and Illinois. In fact, out of the states with the ten lowest unemployment rates* only two have Democrat leadership.
The Romney campaigns request for messaging may not be as evil as first reports indicate. According to unnamed sources, Gov. Scott was asked to say that the state’s jobless rate could improve faster under a Romney presidency.
The implied commentary is that while GOP governors are creating jobs, they are doing so against the headwind of Obama’s failed policies.
So was the Romney campaign’s request out-of-line?
*according to May 2012 BLS statistics