Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday that not only will he seek a second term in 2014 — as most everyone expected — but he predicted that he won't have to reach into his own pocket to pay for a re-election campaign like he did the first time.
Scott, who spent more than $73 million of his own money to win in 2010, made the announcement in a matter-of-fact way during a 25-minute question-and-answer session with reporters in his office. A reporter asked the governor whether he anticipated the need to write checks for a second campaign.
"I won't have to," Scott said, adding: "I'm running for re-election. I like this job. This is the best job you can imagine. In this job, if you care about anybody's family in this state, you can have a positive impact. You can impact their education system."
Scott's political fundraising 527 organization, "Let's Get to Work," collected $910,000 in the first quarter of this year.
Asked how much a 2014 race would cost, Scott said: "I don't know what it will cost, but we'll have the money to win."