TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Thursday night, Governor Rick Scott turned his Twitter page into a town hall meeting. When the clock struck 7, Scott logged in and answered as many questions he could in 30 minutes. An added challenge though, all of those answers could only be 140 characters or less.
After being called out by reporters for his "lack of availability," Governor Scott vowed Floridians would see some changes. "I think the public deserves to know more than we give them," Scott said.
That push for more public interaction began with this Twitter Town Hall meeting. For 30 minutes, he chose and answered questions from the Governor's Mansion library.
The majority of questions targeted Florida's most serious issues. One person asked, "What is your plan for the increase in property home values/insurance rates despite lowered home values?"
Governor Scott answered, "First, create jobs, get people moving here, reduce property tax rates."
Another asked, "What are your core policies to attract employers?"
Scott answered, "Call ceos each day and talk to them about moving fl," later noting, he's calling daily.
Asked about his high-speed rail system decision, Scott tweeted, he plans "to look at ridership studies and get input from as many people as possible."
The Q & A ended on a lighter note, one user curious to know his favorite part about living in Tallahassee.
Scott replied, "friendly people, great workers and good football and basketball."
Interesting to note, there was another Twitter account, FLGovRickScott that was also taking questions, and posting more satirical, offensive answers. Some users didn't realize they were tweeting questions a fake account.
Obviously, there were a lot of people asking questions to the real governor. A few tweeted afterward, they were disappointed in the session, that there were too many softball questions and they learned very little. Others though, asked that this be turned into a monthly event.
Scott hopes to continue interaction through social media as he continues to unveil his plans for the state.