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?