Florida's frugal governor spends big to improve executive mansion

November 2, 2013 

Florida's self-annointed minister of frugality, a line-item budget slasher like no other, has outspent his predecessor on mirrors, rugs and other improvements to the chief executive's Greek Revival mansion in Tallahassee. A tea party favorite for his thrift. Gov. Rick Scott has spent more than $800,000 on fixing up the private residence and entertainment headquarters.

In his four years in the home, former Gov. Charlie Crist -- and likely Scott opponent in the 2014 election -- only spent $27,000 in public money.

Truth be told, Scott expended $600,000 in taxpayer funds with the other $200,000 coming from private donations -- which raises other questions since some of that money came from powerful companies. How much influence does a $2,000 mirror and $38,000 in new rugs buy? A seat at the dinner table?

Just wondering.

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